New Cirencester Leisure Centre - We Name The Day!

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New Cirencester Leisure Centre - We Name The Day!

The new Cotswold Leisure Centre in Cirencester is due to open its doors to the public at 7am on Tuesday, April 4th, the District Council announced.

The £7m project is under construction in Tetbury Road, next to the town's current leisure centre, which closes on Sunday, March 19th.

The 5,000 sq m new building will house a 25-metre by six-lane pool, a small pool, three squash courts, a six-court sports hall, sauna, steam and relaxation area, fitness/dance studio and a coffee shop.

Staff are especially looking forward to unveiling the new state-of-the-art gym, which more than doubles the number of fitness stations available in the current Bodylines suite.

Finishing touches are now being put to the new centre, which began to take shape in the autumn of 2004 on the site of the town's former cattle market.

The main pool has been filled with 471,000 litres of water, 80,000 tiles have been laid, floors in the squash court and sports hall are in place and cubicles and lockers have been installed in the changing village.

Cllr David Fowles, Portfolio holder for Leisure, said: "We're delighted that the countdown has begun to the opening of this great new centre. We’re looking forward to welcoming people of all ages and hope they will agree that its modern, fresh look is a vast improvement on the current facilities and gives Cirencester one of the best leisure centres in the county."

"We are asking people to bear with us between March 19th and April 4th when we will be without a leisure centre for a short while. This period of time will allow us to move equipment and furniture across from the old centre and enable the staff to familiarise themselves with the new centre to ensure everything is running smoothly before opening day."

Group Manager for Leisure Jamie Nesbit said: "Users of the current leisure centre can't wait to get into the new building. I'm confident that they won’t be disappointed. We're hoping all the new facilities will encourage more people to become members of the Centre and more clubs to use our pool and sports courts."

"Interest in health and fitness has boomed in recent years and our new-look, purpose-built gym will reflect that. It is much bigger than our current gym and looks out over Cirencester with views of the church and down onto the swimming pool."

"We're aiming to provide one of the best gyms in the business with top-of-the-range cardiovascular and resistance equipment from the Technogym Excite and Selection range of equipment and incorporates their unique Wellness System, which is used around the world by leading sports stars and clubs."

The current leisure centre, built more than 30 years ago, will close at 9.30pm on Sunday, March 19th. It will be demolished to make way for a new headquarters for financial services company St. James's Place.

St. James's Place currently employs around 250 people in Cirencester, spread over seven buildings in and around the town centre. The new HQ will allow them to bring the staff together under one roof.

Posted : 23/02/2006 09:41:43

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