Major projects to improve two local leisure centres get underway

March 21 2017

Improvement works to Wrexham’s Waterworld Leisure & Activity Centre and Chirk Leisure & Activity Centre by us are under way, with work at Chirk started on 20 March, followed by Waterworld slightly later on the 10 April.

The highly anticipated works are being funded by Wrexham County Borough Council, after successfully securing an interest free Welsh Government Sports Facilities Capital Loan, offered to local authorities who wish to update local sport and recreation facilities, to modernise and make them more inclusive, accessible, efficient, attractive and meet local needs.

The two centres are to receive total investment in excess of £1.5 million which will be used to upgrade the gyms at both Chirk and Waterworld. Waterworld will also see improvements made to the reception, café, ground floor changing rooms and the addition of a cycling studio, while Chirk is receiving a brand new 3G sports pitch.

Andy Harris, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “These refurbishments have been in the pipeline since we took over the management of all nine of Wrexham’s leisure centres back in March 2016, so we are delighted that plans have now been finalised and permission granted, allowing us to get started.

“These refurbishments are to improve the facilities for all existing users but will also hopefully succeed in encouraging new users too – once they are aware of the new state-of-the-art facilities on their doorstep. The plans were specifically drawn-up after consultation with the community and in line with council plans for Wrexham to be a place where people are healthy and active, so there will be something for everyone.”

Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, said: “Helping Wales become a healthy and active nation is a Welsh Government priority which is why I am pleased that some of the funding made available to Wrexham Council via our Sports Facilities Capital Loan Scheme has enabled improvements to both these two centres, plus the pitch at Chirk and pitches at other sites in the area too.  

“Top class facilities like these mean that people of all ages can enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity all year round.”

Lee Robinson, Executive Director for Place and Economy, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to work alongside Freedom Leisure to introduce this program of works, and improve leisure facilities for residents across the county borough.”

 In line with the project plans, work at Chirk is due for completion in June, with Waterworld set to be finished in August. Centre management wish to let users know that some disruptions will be inevitable; however the intention is to keep these to an absolute minimum enabling continued use of the facilities throughout the building phase.

 

Helping Wales become a healthy and active nation is a Welsh Government priority which is why I am pleased that some of the funding made available to Wrexham Council via our Sports Facilities Capital Loan Scheme has enabled improvements to both these two centres, plus the pitch at Chirk and pitches at other sites in the area too.

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health