Through a partnership with Everyone Active, we are in the process of transforming our leisure centre services.
A new £22.5 million leisure centre in Coalville
The new Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre, which will be built on council-owned land off Stephenson Way (A511) in Coalville, received planning permission in October 2019.
Construction began in July 2020 to build the next centre and this is expected to open late 2022. Keep an eye on
our timeline as work progresses on the site.
The centre will cost £22.5m with the current Hermitage Leisure Centre remaining open until the completion of the new facility.
The plans for the new centre will see the land turned into a parkland leisure destination, including a trim trail with activity stations, pedestrian and cycle access from Hermitage Recreation Ground and Stephenson College, and a high ropes course within the woodland. The centre itself will include:
- Eight lane 25 metre main pool, learner pool with moveable floor
- 120 station gym, 25 spin cycles and two exercise studios
- Café with healthy eating options
- Eight court sports hall and three squash courts
- Changing Places facility accessible from the lobby
- Clip ‘n’ Climb
- Sauna, steam and spa pool.
- 250 car spaces
Construction company Metnor is responsible for building the new centre and once complete, the new centre will be managed by our leisure partner, Everyone Active. The company currently manages both Hermitage Leisure Centre in Whitwick and Hood Park Leisure Centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch.
Work to trees and landscaping on the site
We have been through a thorough review of the trees on site throughout the design process to ensure that both the National Forest (NFC) and our planning team approved of the proposals.
Where possible, the landscape design aims to retain existing woodland and replace any removed, while enhancing biodiversity and ecological features throughout the scheme. Through discussions with the National Forest and planners the design of the scheme will:
- Provide like for like replacement of removed trees
- Provide 30.18% of the site as soft landscape (excluding existing woodland and proposed replacement) exceeding the NFC target figure of 20%
- Soften edges of and proposed areas of trees and introduce wildflower meadows to increase biodiversity
- Replace some of tree planting with wildflower meadow to smaller areas of soft landscaping
- Introduce wildflower meadow to perimeter areas of the car park
- Native species have been included within the woodland planting mix - 25% Hawthorn, Holly and Dogwood at an increased density of 2m
- Have an ongoing management plan that ensures long term care of the landscaping once complete.
£1.2 million transformation of Hood Park Leisure Centre
Work to reconfigure and transform Hood Park Leisure Centre – which has been renamed Ashby Leisure Centre and Lido – has now been completed
Improvements include a brand new state of the art fitness suite, a new fitness studio, a new spin studio, a new function room, new village style pool changing, refurbished changing rooms and toilets, and a refurbished reception area.
The future of Hermitage recreation ground and leisure centre site
Hermitage Leisure Centre will stay open until the new centre is open to customers.
No decision has been made yet on the future use of the site, which currently includes cyclepaths and footpaths, a fishing lake, football pitches and a model railway as well as the leisure centre itself.
On Monday 4 November 2019 more than 200 people came to a dedicated event to discuss the future of the Hermitage site. This was followed by online consultation that finished in January 2020.
We are keen to encourage leisure and recreation on the site, with paths and cycleways connecting from the new Coalville Leisure Centre, which will be built just off Stephenson Way.
Aside from these initial thoughts, the future use of the site is completely open at this stage.
This engagement allowed us to get feedback from some of the local community about their priorities for the site, what they would like to see there and what they would not like to see.
We will use your feedback when developing a masterplan for the site.
Based in Hinckley, Everyone Active currently operates numerous leisure facilities in Leicestershire, including in Melton, Oadby and Wigston and Blaby.
They have years of experience of building, reconfiguring and managing leisure centres and will work with us and other organisations to help improve health and wellbeing in the district.
Investment in leisure facilities across the district
We will also be investing an additional £1 million to our leisure facilities in Ibstock, Measham and Castle Donington, focusing on the fitness facilities within the centres there, which are run in partnership with local schools and/or parish councils.
Last updated: Sun 3 October, 2021 @ 21:26