Work is progressing on a Sport England and Leeds City Council funded scheme to improve Aireborough Leisure Centre.
The scheme will provide the following:
• New entrance, with easy access from the car park and an improved façade to the centre
• Improved reception area to provide a light and airy space that is both welcoming and accessible to users – both current and new to the centre
• Retiling the pool and surrounds
• New ‘village’ style changing facilities which will comprise of:
o Changing cubicles of varying sizes to allow single or family changing
o Group changing rooms for schools / clubs – which can also be used as male and female changing rooms when required
o ‘Changing places’ facility for people with profound or multiple disabilities which is fitted with specialist equipment including a hoist and changing bench
o Open and single shower areas to allow access by families, but privacy for those who need it
o Vanity area with hairdryers / mirrors
At the same time, the council is opening a new Community Hub at the centre, including relocating Guiseley library and providing access to a range of council services in one place. The centre will then be known as Active Leeds, Aireborough Centre.
Update on re-opening
We had a number of delays on the project as our contractors dealt with issues with the building which were only possible to identify once work had started on site, including the extensive use of asbestos in some unexpected areas, roof leaks, tiling and pool plant issues. All of this had to be dealt with slowly and carefully in accordance with Health and Safety regulations; to ensure the best finishes where possible.
The demolition of the previous male and female changing rooms, construction of the changing village and community hubs is now complete and fitting out works have commenced. The main focus has been on the pool plant room and the large windows have been replaced with solar efficient glass. The pool is now ready for tiling and we are currently working on the roof to make the building watertight before completing the community hub and changing rooms.
We are working to re-open the facility as soon as possible and we estimate re-opening in April 2019. We will keep you updated on progress and advise a firm opening date as soon as possible.
Improvement works will commence on the rear car park as soon as possible following the building handover, which will increase the number of spaces available.
Thank you for your continued support and patience while the works are carried out. We hope you enjoy the new facilities when they reopen.
What will the improvement works mean to you our customers?
Both pools, pool changing rooms, pool viewing and reception area will be closed during the works.
The rest of the building will stay open as normal. Alternative pool facilities are available nearby at Otley Chippindale pool, or Holt Park Active and Kirkstall Leisure Centre.
The main entrance to the building has moved (to accommodate the refurbishment work) to the rear of the building (next to the general office) where we have created a temporary reception area
Please note that all other areas and activities that are not associated with the refurbishment remain open as normal