County Durham Leisure Centre Transformation: Proposals

The Proposals set out a different improvement approach across the centres, from light touch refreshment and maintenance to a new building:

Newton Aycliffe, Consett, Wolsingham and Teesdale

At these facilities we are proposing to refresh the building presentation and make some essential maintenance improvements, review and update the activity programme.

Abbey, Freeman’s Quay (Durham), Louisa Centre (Stanley), Peterlee and Spennymoor

Here there will be a range of improvements, new activities and services that will improve the overall offer. The improvements are all different at each site with the aim of making the most of the facilities and spaces we have available.

Meadowfield and Shildon

We are currently considering plans for Meadowfield and Shildon and these will be progressed further as we progress with the project into 2021.

Bishop Auckland, Chester-le-Street and Seaham

We are proposing to build new leisure facilities at these centres.

We have planned this project to carefully balance the budget, the condition of our existing facilities and the improvements that would make the most difference to peoples lives.

Take a look at the various activities proposed for your local leisure centres.

Please note these images and videos are for illustrative purposes only and were captured before COVID-19 and social distancing.

Swimming

Fitness

Adventure Play

Tenpin Bowling

Outdoor Pitches

Wellbeing

Studios

Food & Beverage

Interactive Play

Swimming

The swimming offer is remaining very similar, however the new leisure centres will benefit from new swimming facilities and we are currently looking at what water features, such as slides and wet-play equipment can be included. At Spennymoor we are proposing to add to and improve the existing play offer.

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Fitness

The fitness offer will be remaining very similar, however, the new leisure facilities will have new fitness areas and for the remodelled sites, in some venues we may be changing the location of the fitness facilities to make the best use of all the spaces we have available. We are currently looking at how we provide gym equipment across all of the sites to ensure all of our fitness venues provide a similar standard of offer.

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Fitness Class Studios

Where we have improvement works planned we are looking to improve our studio spaces, to give these a more modern and vibrant feel which will compliment our fitness class programme. We are also exploring how we can incorporate immersive technologies such as light, sound and visuals to really modernise our fitness class offer.  We are also exploring new and exciting class programmes.

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Adventure Play

Adventure Play is a collection of soft play activities and play equipment to challenge children of all ages and provide learning, development and social opportunities.

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Interactive Play

Where we are proposing to install interactive play, we are looking to introduce Tag Active, which is an interactive game based on encouraging physical activity through play. Tag Active is suitable for all ages, through children and adults to whole families, the activity can be made as easy or as hard as you choose. There are many benefits attributed to active play including physical, mental and social benefits for children and young people, families and communities.

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Wellbeing

We are looking to make the most positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing, therefore we are considering a range of proposals across the sites, including toning, health and wellbeing treatments, facilities such as sauna and steam which we feel will help provide a wider wellbeing offer across all of the sites.

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Food & Beverage

We are looking to compliment all of our proposals with the inclusion of a suitable food and beverage offer that will provide a range of healthy food, drink and snacks, for example, by providing products low in fat, sugar and salt.

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Tenpin Bowling

We have identified that the east of county Durham has a limited amount of leisure and recreation time activities. Therefore, as part of the transformation at Peterlee, we are looking to introduce tenpin bowling. This will complement the other proposed facilities and increase the leisure and recreation offer in this area.

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Outdoor Pitches

We have identified a shortage of playing pitch provision in the east of the county, especially in the Seaham area. We are therefore looking to include outdoor provision as part of the leisure centre in Seaham.  

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Examples of Other Projects

The council are working with Alliance Leisure, who provide specialist advice and support on a wide range of leisure service projects, specialising in transforming and modernising leisure centres. The below videos will give you an idea of the types of improvements planned across our leisure centres.

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