Leisure Centres Refurbishment Programme

£3.4 million South Staffordshire leisure centre refurbishments
South Staffordshire Council completed a full upgrade to Codsall Leisure Centre's gym last month, with a new state-of-the-art fitness facility unveiled on March 12. In addition, a brand new outdoor synthetic pitch – part funded by the Football Foundation – opened on April 1 at Wombourne Leisure Centre.
Further work is planned in 2022/23 for the South Staffordshire leisure centres which will undergo huge refurbishments worth a total of £3.4 million.
The work, set to start on Monday, May 9, will see major developments take place at Penkridge, Wombourne, and Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centres – with each receiving different bespoke improvements.

CHESLYN HAY LEISURE CENTRE REFURBISHMENT (STARTS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH 2022)

The refurbishment works will commence at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre on Monday, September 19th 2022 and will include improvements to the swimming pool, changing rooms, reception area and gym facility. During the refurbishment period the swimming pool and swimming pool changing rooms will be closed. Customers will need to book in at our temporary reception which will be located in front of the leisure centre. Please note that we will only be taking card payments (no cash). For full details on each facility area, see below.

Reception

  • A temporary reception will be located at the front of the building as access into the main building will be unavailable.
  • All customers will need to sign in, register and pay at reception.
  • We will not be accepting cash. (Card payments only).
  • We are encouraging all members where possible to book activities online and in advance, to reduce queues. To access the online booking platform click here. For guidance on how to book online, click here.
  • you will be directed to alternative entry/exit points to access facilities.
  • As reception will be operating from an external portacabin, please bear in mind that there is no shelter when queueing to book in.

Access to the Gym

  • Customers should report to the temporary reception to register and pay. (Card payments only).
  • For entry and exit to the gym directional signage will be in place.

Access to Exercise Classes and the Sportshall

  • Customers should report to the temporary reception to register and pay. (Card payments only).
  • Enter and exit facilities via the multi function room and sportshall fire exit doors. Directional signage will be in place.
  • Due to the location of the indoor cycling studio, we will be releasing further details in due course regarding the access route to this facility.
  • We will be operating a slightly revised exercise class programme which will be released soon.

Swimming and Swimming Lessons

From Monday, September 19th 2022 the swimming pool and swimming pool changing rooms will be closed and unavailable whilst the refurbishment work is carried out. The swimming pool is scheduled to reopen January 2023 subject to successful completion of refurbishment work. The changing rooms are not planned to re-open until February 2023. Those affected by the works (Swimming academy members and swimming memberships) do not need to cancel memberships as all payments will be suspended until facilities re-open. *To ensure your child's swimming lesson place remains secure please do not cancel your direct debit. No payments will be taken during the period of closure. Please note that a separate e-bulletin is being issued specifically to swimming academy members.

WOMBOURNE LEISURE CENTRE REFURBISHMENT (8.8.22-31.3.23)

Wombourne Leisure Centres refurbishment programme which includes a complete upgrade to the leisure centres entrance, reception area, poolside changing rooms and pool hall starts on Monday 8 August and will continue through to March 2023.

Phase 1 of Refurbishment

Phase one of the works will consist of the refurbishment of the entrance, reception area and pool changing rooms which will commence on Monday 8 August. Should the works go to plan, it is expected that this phase of the work will be completed by the end of December 2022.

Reception

wombourne temporary reception

  • A temporary reception will be located at the front of the building as access into the main building will be unavailable.
  • All customers will need to sign in, register and pay at reception.
  • We will not be accepting cash. Card payments only.
  • We are encouraging all members where possible to book activities online and in advance.

Access to the Swimming pool

  • Customers should report to the temporary reception to register and pay.
  • Enter the pool via the fire exit door located next to the gym which will provide you with direct access to the pool balcony. You will need to walk along the balcony to the deep end of the pool and access poolside at the bottom of the steps (please do not attempt to climb through the balcony railings to get onto poolside).
  • Swimmers will not be permitted to enter the pool more than 5 minutes in advance of their swim.
  • Swimmers will need to arrive swim-ready and leave belongings in the designated areas on poolside (changing rooms will be unavailable for the duration of the works).
  • At the end of your swim customers should dry off, re-dress and collect belongings (please refrain from removing swimwear).
  • Swimmers will exit the poolside via the fire exit located at the deep end of the pool.

Access to the Gym

  • Customers should report to the temporary reception to register and pay.
  • Entry and exit to the gym will be available via the fire exit door located next to the gym.

Access to Exercise Classes, Toning Suite and Sportshall

  • Customers should report to the temporary reception to register and pay.
  • Enter and exit facilities via the far exit door located at the back of the building by the wellbeing room.

Phase 2 of Refurbishment

Phase two of the works will consist of the replacement of the poolside tiles. This works is planned to start in January 2023. The pool will remain closed for the duration of this phase and we hope to reopen all pool facilities by March 2023.

Due to closure of the swimming pool, Swimming Academy fees and swimming only membership fees will be frozen and payments will not be taken until facilities reopen.

PENKRIDGE LEISURE CENTRE


Phase 1: Penkridge Leisure Centre
The first phase of work will commence at Penkridge Leisure Centre on May 9 and will include complete refurbishment of the main entrance, reception area, stairwell and landing.
Plans are in place to ensure minimal disruption at the leisure centre, with all facilities remaining open for the duration of the refurbishment period. It is intended for works at Penkridge to be completed by the end of July 2022.

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Artists impressions of Penkridge Leisure Centre entrance and reception area.

Below shows the completed works to the front and entrance of the building at Penkridge Leisure Centre.

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Penkridge Leisure Centres gym has also undergone an upgrade to now offer all-new Pulse Fitness equipment consisting of large screen consoles and brand new CV, weights and free weights equipment.

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Phase 2: Wombourne and Cheslyn Hay leisure centres
Phase Two will see work start at Wombourne Leisure Centre in the summer to fully refurbish the entrance and reception area. This will be followed by further extensive work to the poolside and swimming pool changing rooms in the autumn.
Work at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, also part of Phase Two, will include complete upgrade of the reception area, poolside and swimming changing rooms. This is planned to start in the autumn of this year.

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Artist impression of changing areas.

Councillor Len Bates BEM, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “In a post-lockdown world, it is more important than ever that we do all we can to facilitate the wellbeing of our residents – both physically and mentally – by providing them with high-quality facilities which can be used for exercise and socialising.
“These excellent improvements will see the leisure centres given a facelift, bringing in state-of-the-art facilities for use by our valued leisure centre members and customers. The work will also give the facilities a fresh, new look and feel, while offering inviting environments."
The full programme of newly-announced refurbishments is predicted to be complete by the middle of 2023.

Refurbishment updates and progress
Penkridge Leisure Centre Refurbishment (May, 9 – July, 22)
The refurbishment programme at Penkridge Leisure Centre will commence on Monday May 9. The work is anticipated to last for 11 weeks and is due for completion around Friday July, 22. The refurbishment of the centre will include improvements to the exterior of the building, a refurbished reception area and elements of redecoration to the centre including new flooring and lighting.
The refurbishment programme will also include the complete replacement of the gym equipment to provide the latest Pulse Fitness cardiovascular, resistance, strength and functional training kit. It is intended for the gym upgrade to be carried out shortly after the competition of phase 1. Details will follow in due course to confirm dates for the replacement of the gym equipment.
Throughout the programme we will endeavour to minimise disruption and operate facilities and activities as normal. We have detailed any known disruption below:

Monday May, 9 - Friday June, 17
• Main entrance and reception area will be closed.
• Customers should access the building via a side entrance where a temporary reception will be available.
• Customers should access reception to book into the gym, indoor cycling studio, sports hall and toning suite via the side entrance.
• Changing rooms will be unavailable during this period so please come activity ready.
• Access to the swimming pool and 3G pitch are unaffected.
• Where possible please book activities online and in advance of your visit.

Monday June, 20 – Friday July, 22.
• The new entrance/reception will reopen.
• All customers should visit reception, on arrival to register for activities.
• Access to the gym will be via the stairs from the male changing rooms on the ground floor or by using the lift.
• Due to the male changing rooms being required to facilitate access to the gym, they will be unavailable during this time. Male customers will need to visit the centre activity ready.
• Female changing rooms will be unaffected.
• Sports hall and toning suite customers should register at the main reception, however access to the facility areas will be via the fire exits to the specific facilities.
• Indoor cycling classes will take place in an alternative location in the centre.
• Access to the swimming pool and 3G pitch are unaffected.

Car Parking
• During the programme of work the disabled car parking bays will be relocated. The designated bays will be the closest bays in operation to the centre and will have signage to show they are designated as parking for disabled customers.
• Some parking bays will be required for contractors which will reduce the number of available spaces for customers. Please arrive early for your activities to allow additional time to locate a parking space. Where possible we ask customers to car share or walk to help us alleviate any parking issues.

South Staffordshire Council's Leisure Services look forward to improving the facilities for members and customers, and apologise in advance for any disruption or inconvenience caused as part of the refurbishment programme.

Further updates will be posted here in the coming weeks.

Stay Connected
On-going progress and updates will be posted here however customer should follow South Staffordshire Council's leisure centres on Facebook to stay informed on developments. Customers can also sign up to receive free e-bulletins for the latest news from South Staffordshire's leisure centres at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/alerts