DROITWICH Leisure Centre could be in for a £1million revamp by early 2015.
A proposal will be put forward, by Wychavon District Council (WDC) and Wychavon Leisure (WL), to the Executive Board on Tuesday (September 2).
The scheme, which is estimated to cost £1,270,856 but can be reduced to £1,100,000, is expected to increase the centre’s annual income by £152,000, in the next five years.
If the go-ahead is given improvements will be made to the reception and circulation space, the wet and dry side changing areas, toilets and showers.
As well as this, the health and fitness area on the first floor will be made bigger and the size of the spa will also be increased and given a full refurb.
If approved, 50 per cent of the funding will come from WL and the other from WDC – WL will also be providing an additional £200,000 to meet the costs of any loose equipment, fittings and items – which are normally the tenant’s responsibility.
The aim of the scheme is to refresh and update the centre so it can continue to meet the needs and expectations of its customers.
Mezzanine flooring will be built in the squash courts, which have been previously converted to accommodate the additional gym, on the first floor, and the spa, on the ground floor.
The changing spaces will see an overhaul of the current cubicles, toilets and showers.
A strong modern interior design will also be used to update the reception, existing gym and circulation spaces.
If all goes well, construction works could start in March or April 2015 – plans will be made to keep as much of the centre open as possible but some services may need to be reduced and closed at times.
The scheme is the first phase of a wider redevelopment of the leisure centre – it is likely further proposals will be put forward in future years – this could include a range of opportunities like a bigger car park, a new 3G football pitch or pitches, adventure play areas and potentially indoor skate and bike park.
The next stage, if approved, will be for a full scheme design to be made.
Coun Peter Pinfield said: “First of all I think the leisure centre has been tremendously successful for Droitwich people.
“It is used by many and is very popular but it is starting to wear out a little bit.
“It does need some love and attention and a bit of modernising. I totally support the plans being put forward.”