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Following Government guidance (21 March 2020 – 1 August 2020 & 4 November 2020 – 2 December 2020_ all leisure centres were forced to close until further notice due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   

During lockdown, and in partnership with Everyone Active, we have taken the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance and improvement works. To do this, we implemented a series of strict protocols to allow safe working to take place  at each of our sites, despite the fact that many of our suppliers and contractors have either been on furlough or closed.

While progress has been slower than usual due to these strict COVID-19 working protocols, the team have achieved positive results so that the centres will be able to welcome back residents and customers. These include: 

Marshall Street Leisure Centre

  • Installation of a new chemical dosing system in the pool. 
  • Extensive repairs carried out to the pool roof. 
  • Refurbishment of the lift. 
  • Redecoration works carried out across the centre.  
  • Ensuring all air handling units have a supply of fresh air (rather than re-circulating air).

Porchester Centre

  • Installation of three new fully compliant lifts and one lift refurbished.
  • Cleaning and upgrade of pool air handling units.  
  • Full refurbishment of main pool and Gym roof lanterns, both internally and externally. 
  • Works to fully refurbish the Main Pool has continued 
  • Ensuring all air handling units have a supply of fresh air (rather than re-circulating air).
  • Reinforcement of the main pool tank along with the replacement of all rusted and dilapidated pool circulation pipework. 
  • Improvement works completed in the spa on the doors, walls and floors.  
  • Restorative repaint and redecoration work across the centre. 

Paddington Recreation Ground

  • Construction of a new ‘Lazy Brook’ in the environmental area, complimenting the existing ponds and an extensive replanting scheme has taken place.   
  • Installation of a green roof built on top of the trackside containers, with the containers themselves soon to be planted with a variety of plants, to provide more biodiversity and habitat.  
  • Works are continuing to the new astroturf pitch in the top ‘D’ of the athletics track. 
  • Construction of a new 60m sprint track. 
  • Installation of all new energy efficient LED lighting throughout the athletics track. 
  • A new purpose-built Calisthenics area.
  • A new purpose built Parkour Park. 
  • Installation of new air handling units that have a supply of fresh air and cleaning of duct work has taken place in the gym and studio.  
  • Full rejuvenation of the astro-turf tennis courts.

Queen Mother Sports Centre

  • Full replacement or refurbishment of all air handlings units and cleaning of internal ducts, ensuring all air handling units have a supply of fresh air (rather than re-circulating air). 
  • Refurbishment of the shower areas in the wet-side changing rooms and the poolside group change areas.  
  • Repairs to the main pool hall Barrisol ceiling panels.  
  • Installation of a new outlet system.  
  • Full remodelling of the major pool circulation pipework to allow each of the separate pools to have a wholly independent filtration system. 
  • Installation of new strainer boxes and pumps. 
  • Upgrade to energy efficient  LED lighting. 
  • Redecoration works. 
  • Completion of Main Pool improvement works
  • Exterior works to the roof, cladding and curtain walling. 
  • Installation of a new fence and additional CCTV cameras to enhance security across the site.
  • Ensuring all air handling units have a supply of fresh air (rather than re-circulating air).

Seymour Leisure Centre

  • Installation of a new flooring in the dance studio.
  • Parts of the centre are to be redecorated.
  • Ensuring all air handling units have a supply of fresh air (rather than re-circulating air).

At the Porchester Centre, the major refurbishment works of the main pool is on-track for completion by the end of 2020 following the successful tilling of the pool.

All ongoing works are subject to any further COVID-19 related working protocols. Read more about the improvement works at Paddington Recreation Ground here.

If you would like to know more about any of the other ongoing works, please contact us