GLL starts £3m investment in Cambridge Leisure Centres

Work is well underway on the redevelopments of Abbey Pools and Parkside Pools in Cambridge, which are due to complete in April 2014.

Leisure design and build specialist Createability is a carrying out the work on the leisure centres, which are managed by leisure trust GLL. The not for profit, social enterprise took over management of the sites in October 2013.

At Abbey Pools, a three-phase £600,000 overhaul will see the gym expanded to cater for 60 exercise stations, as well as a new group exercise studio and a dedicated group cycle studio created and new air conditioning installed. The dry side changing rooms and poolside sauna will all be refurbished and a GP referral office created.

At Parkside Pools, which has three pools, two flume rides, an exercise studio, cafe, children’s activity room and conference room, a £1.6 million project will see a fitness suite created for the local community. GLL’s investment will create a 423 sq m, 95-station fitness suite, dedicated male and female fitness changing, a 120 sq m 20-person studio and a GP referral area.

Createability is taking out and reconfiguring the first floor of the existing sauna and steam suite, changing rooms and offices. The offices have been relocated to a redundant area alongside the swimming pool.

Sarah Brown, Executive Councilor for Community Wellbeing at Cambridge City Council said: “We are excited to be working with GLL to update and modernise the facilities at Parkside Pool and Abbey Leisure Complex. This work will deliver superb, state of the art facilities for the whole community, and help us help those members of our community who find themselves excluded from traditional fitness facilities.”

Ian Cotgrave, Managing Director for Createability said: “The project has been technically and structurally complicated as we have been knocking lots of small spaces into one big area, but Parkside Pools is an iconic building in the centre of Cambridge, well known by local residents, and the new and upgraded services will massively enhance the leisure facilities on offer to the community.”

Daryl Emes, GLL Partnership Manager for Cambridge agrees. He said: “We are committed to providing first class leisure and sporting facilities to local residents and as such are investing millions into the leisure facilities at Parkside and Abbey Pools.”

As part of GLL’s seven-year contract to manage five of Cambridge City Council’s leisure centres the social enterprise is investing nearly £3 million into the city’s leisure facilities in its first year alone.

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