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Peterlee library and leisure centre revamp

A major refurbishment of Peterlee Leisure Centre is taking place which will also see the library move into the building.

Artist impression of the new library within the leisure centre.
An artists impression of what the new library will look like.

Leisure centre

From 4 September 2017, works will start at the front part of Peterlee Leisure Centre, operated on our behalf by 1Life, to refurbish the pool changing area, replace windows, create a brand new reception space and develop a new state-of-the-art library facility. Unfortunately, customers will experience some level of disruption for up to 14 months while these works are ongoing.

Areas affected by the works will be as follows:

4 -17 September 2017Leisure Centre closed to allow services to be moved and a temporary reception created at the side of the building;
8 September - 31 December 2017Pool remains closed as works commence on the front part of the building. Gym, sports hall, fitness classes and all other dryside activities are available as normal but accessed through temporary reception.
2 January - 31 August 2018Pool re-opens with temporary changing rooms accessed from the car park side of the building. All dry-side activities as normal
1 September 2018 until project completionRefurbished changing rooms open with all activities as normal. Temporary reception remains operational until all works completed.

We apologise for any inconvenience experienced and we will keep you updated as the project progresses. Unfortunately, our temporary pool changing facility will need to be accessed via steps and uneven ground, and may be unsuitable for some customers. If you have mobility issues, please contact the centre ahead of visiting to discuss your requirements.

Library services

The library in Peterlee is going to be relocated to Peterlee Leisure Centre. The existing library building will close on Friday 15 December 2017.

Computers will be available to use in the temporary, leisure centre based library on Monday 18 December and the book service will be available from Tuesday 2 January following a Christmas closure. Both services will remain in the temporary library until the brand new facility is complete in Autumn 2018.  Access to the temporary library is via the leisure centre reception.


Between now and the library closing in December, a series of consultation and information sharing days are being planned where residents can see the plans, ask our officers any questions and let us know what they think.




Thursday 28 September 2017

10.00am - 2.00pm

Peterlee Library

Monday 9 October 2017

2.00pm - 7.00pm

Peterlee Library

Saturday 11 November 2017

9.30am - 12.30pm

Peterlee Library

Friday 8 December 2017

10.00am - 5.00pm

Peterlee Library

Consultation feedback

A number of issues were mentioned during the feedback sessions and have helped us shape a temporary service which can meet your needs.

Group activity space

The temporary library will have access to designated group activity spaces and all regular activities will continue to take place. See Peterlee Library for further details of activities.

Parking at Peterlee Leisure Centre

A traffic regulation order is to be introduced in December 2017 and will result in more available spaces, more often.  You will be able to park for up to three hours, allowing plenty of time for a visit to both the library and the leisure centre. We are completing site investigations and designs to increase the number of parking spaces.

Pedestrian access from the town centre

We are working on a project next to and within the grounds of the leisure centre. This will result in a number of improvements including improved walkways, signage and improved crossing points.

Opening times at temporary library provision

Current and normal opening times will be maintained as a result of the temporary library being housed in the leisure centre.

Reduced access to public computers

Both the temporary library and the new library will provide a minimum of six public access computers, which is currently available at Peterlee library.

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