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Plans submitted for Coalville Leisure Centre as work to renovate Hood Park Leisure Centre gets underway

Published: Wed 17 July, 2019

Coalville Leisure Centre - artists' impression of entrance 

The planning application for Coalville’s new £23 million leisure centre has been submitted in the same week as renovation work begins at Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby de la Zouch.

The steps come just two months after North West Leicestershire District Council’s leisure partner Everyone Active took over management of the two main leisure centres in the district.

The 25 year contract with Everyone Active includes a complete renovation of Hood Park Leisure Centre, as well as a brand new leisure centre being built in Coalville on land off the A511 near Stephenson College.

Coalville Leisure Centre

The planning application for the new Coalville Leisure Centre is now available to view (application reference: 19/01343).

Subject to receiving planning permission, North West Leicestershire District Council’s (NWLDC) new leisure partner Everyone Active will build and operate the new leisure centre, whilst the council will own the building. The new facility will replace Hermitage Leisure Centre, which will stay open until the new one is ready.

The planning application explains how the building will achieve the environmental accreditation BREEAM status, with LED lighting throughout, air source heat pumps, electric car charging points and photovoltaic panels on the roof that will harvest energy from daylight, helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

Outside, the proposed building aims to reflect its woodland surroundings, with impressive wooden beams swooping down over the pool area and a large glass front playing host to the reception area and café. A trim trail, natural play spaces and a cycle track will be featured in the grounds around the centre.

Inside the building, the plans show the gym with views across the parkland surrounding the centre, with the range of other facilities including three squash courts, clip and climb, spin studio, an eight court sports hall, an eight lane swimming pool and a learner pool.

NWLDC’s planning committee is expected to consider the application in October, with work likely to start on site before Christmas.

Hood Park Leisure Centre

The renovation work at Hood Park Leisure Centre began on Friday 12 July, with internal work expected to be completed by Christmas.

Tying in with the school holidays, the work includes a new 75- station gym created upstairs, a dedicated group cycling studio, a new reception foyer including grab and go food, as well as refurbished squash courts and changing rooms.

Fitness classes have been temporarily moved to the neighbouring Ivanhoe College while the renovation takes place. The gym will be in full use until the new gym opens and both the indoor and outdoor pools will stay open seven days a week over the summer.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We’re pleased that the plans to improve leisure in the district are moving forward with such a pace. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing the renovation at Hood Park, which will create a modern, fit-for-purpose centre with some impressive new facilities. Having learnt to swim at the outdoor pool many years ago it is great to see the improvements coming forward for the next generation.”

Dan Hicks, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said: “It’s been an exciting week for both leisure centres and we’re delighted to be a step closer to bringing state-of-the-art leisure facilities to the local community.”

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