Work to redevelop Yarborough Leisure Centre in Lincoln has begun, with £1 million worth of improvements around the corner.
As previously reported, the Active Nation centre refurbishment plans were approved by the City of Lincoln Council, who made the investment and extended their management partnership until 2025.
The centre will be given a new double floor gym in the current space of the squash courts, a complete reception and foyer refurbishment, new dry changing rooms and improvements to the wet change area.
The studio will also be turned into a state-of-the-art dedicated cycling studio, while the gym becomes a new large exercise class studio capable of more than doubling the current capacity.
In addition there will also be new sauna and steam cabins and a new swimming pool roof.
Work on the redevelopment is expected to be completed by January 2015.
To cause as little disruption as possible the gym will remain open as normal and other projects throughout the venue will be phased over the coming months.
Access to group exercise classes, swimming lessons, the Sport’s Hub, football pitches, rugby pitches, netball courts, tennis courts, athletics track, cycling track, pools, diving boards, basketball courts, badminton courts and most of the venue’s other facilities will continue as normal.
The first phase of the redevelopment involves the construction of the new gym area, as well as the transformation of the reception and dry changing rooms.
Active Nation’s Contract Manager for Lincoln, Stuart Blackbourn, said: “These really are exciting times for Yarborough Leisure Centre.
“The investment by the City Of Lincoln Council is going to make a huge difference to almost every area of the venue.
“Over recent years Yarborough Leisure Centre has already seen a significant amount of investment, but this further stage will help to ensure that we can continue to provide excellent service and facilities for the local community as demand for using the venue continues to grow.”