Congleton Leisure Centre will receive an overhaul of more than £8m as Cheshire East Council confirms it is to invest in a redevelopment project to boost the town.
The leisure centre will benefit from a brand new pool hall incorporating a new learner pool and main pool.
There will also be a complete redevelopment and refurbishment of the remaining building, with a significant investment in the fitness and gym facilities.
The centre, which will continue to be run by Everybody Sport and Recreation, will deliver one of the council’s key objectives of supporting people to live well for longer, by providing inclusive facilities and community spaces which can be accessed by people of all backgrounds and abilities.
A key part of the discussions with potential bidders involved keeping as much of the centre open whilst the developments take place.
A decision to renovate the ‘dry’ side of the centre and completely replace the ‘wet’ side was made to enable the council to maximise the improvements with the funding available.
The council says this will minimise the disruption to people using the facilities during the construction phase.
Mark Wheelton, Cheshire East Council’s corporate commissioning manager for leisure, said: “This is a very exciting time for residents of and visitors to Congleton.
“The town deserves an outstanding leisure facility and I am confident that it won’t be long before it has one.”
Mark added: “The newly-developed leisure centre will provide a much-needed and highly-visible investment in Congleton and will have a direct contribution to the regeneration of the town.
“Just as importantly, though, it will improve participation numbers in leisure and sporting activities and make a significant contribution towards improving the health and wellbeing of our residents.”
Cheshire East will be working closely with Everybody to ensure the best solution for all users of the centre.
The council will now hold further talks with its (as yet unnamed) preferred bidder to refine the final details for the design of the centre and agree on a timeframe for the pre-construction stage, prior to getting the requisite approvals for the development to take place.