Work to revitalise one of Lincoln’s leisure centres has begun this week (24 July).
The scheme will see dramatic changes at the outdated facility, including a new children’s soft play area, climbing wall and state-of-the-art immersive spin studio – one of just a few in the whole of the UK – which features a cinema-scale screen and sound system.
The fantastic new facilities will also include a toning tables studio and a larger fitness gym, complemented by opening out the interior of the centre to create a larger foyer with café space.
City of Lincoln Council’s Executive gave the go ahead to the £1.5 million investment in April this year, following a consultation with centre users and the local community.
Councillor Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Recreational Services and Health at the city council, said: “We have been working with Active Nation for some time to come up with plans to revitalise Birchwood Leisure Centre and it’s brilliant to see work begin on site to deliver these exciting improvements.
“The modernised leisure centre will provide fantastic new facilities for Lincoln, and offer something for everyone all under one roof, creating more opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to get active.
“Exercise and physical activity play an important role not just in keeping healthy, but also in helping people in other areas of their lives. The new café will also provide a space for people to socialise.
“This is a significant investment by the city council in its aim to bring health benefits and opportunities to our residents and other leisure centre users.”
The new facilities include a toning tables studio, which help people who aren’t physically active, and a soft play area to encourage activity among young people.
In addition, by modernising the leisure centre the council can reduce the management fee paid to sports and physical activity charity Active Nation, which manages both Birchwood and Yarborough Leisure Centres, creating savings for the council and taxpayer over the longer term.
Stuart Martin, Active Nation's Managing Director said: “The investment in Birchwood Leisure Centre will create a much more exciting exercise experience for the local community to enjoy. There are less than ten Les Mills Immersive Studios in the UK, and it's like nothing you have experienced before!
“The new soft play area and climbing walls will allow us to bring more fun into our exercise proposition and create an inspiring environment for children to play and be active. We can't wait for the launch!”
Contractors Alliance Leisure arrived on site today to begin a schedule of works due to be complete by the end of the year. The revamped gym is set to open in October, but gym facilities will remain available throughout the duration of the work.