1. Do it online
  2. Have Your Say
  3. My Durham

Consett Academy and Leisure Centre


An exciting facility is now open in Consett. The joint Consett Academy and Consett Leisure Centre provides a fantastic new shared resource for the local community.

What is it?

The joint venture sees:

  • 1700 students locating to new state-of-the-art learning facilities.
  • A new shared leisure centre packed with great features which can be enjoyed by the whole community.  

The facilities opened in Summer 2015.

What facilities will be in the new leisure centre?

There's lots of amazing features including:

  • two swimming pools with moveable floors
  • an interactive slide
  • small splash water features
  • fitness suite (gym) with cardio-vascular, functional training kit and weights area
  • consultation rooms
  • flexible studio spaces for dance and exercise classes
  • three squash courts
  • eight court sports hall for badminton, football, gymnastics and other indoor sports
  • a cafe

Outside the new centre there will also be:

  • a full rugby and football compliant Astro Turf pitch
  • multi-use games areas for netball, football, basketball and other sports
  • a sprint track for jump and sprint practice.

The leisure centre

Is there a spectator space for the pool?

Yes, there is an informal viewing area which is part of the cafe space.

How will you get there?

There will be lots of free car parking and a bus drop off point.

Does the leisure centre share facilities with the new academy?  How does this work?

Some areas are used by students and the local community.  We've been working closely with the Academy to put together a shared programme of use which makes sure both have great access.

Why can't the existing Belle Vue buildings be redeveloped/ refurbished?

Belle Vue Leisure Centre and Swim Centre is one of our oldest facilities and refurbishment would offer only a short-term solution. 

The academy

The new Consett Academy provides a home for 1700 students. The campus offers students modern, state-of-the-art facilities and access to a wide range of shared facilities at the leisure centre.

Find out more about the academy on the Consett Academy: new campus web page. You can even take a virtual tour of the new school.

More about the overall project

We have invested £44 million into this regeneration project. The Belle Vue Leisure and Swim Centre will close as well as two schools which will be relocated into the new facility.

As well as the fantastic new building, other improvement works have taken place as part of the project. 

  • Consett Amateur Football Club​ has been relocated and new ground and facilities provided
  • Consett Rugby Football Club has received significantly enhanced amenities.
  • The war memorial on the site has been protected and improved. 

 

In partnership with

  • Consett Academy
  • New College Durham
  • Leisureworks
Share this page on Facebook Share this page on Twitter Print this page