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Peterlee library and leisure centre revamp

Exciting times at Peterlee Leisure Centre as the £2 million project to improve the changing rooms and to install the brand new library moves ahead.

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

Work in progress

Work on the new reception, library and changing rooms has now started and the demolition phase is now complete. The latest phase of the refurbishment project has involved fitting showers to the dry and wet sided changing rooms, installing the main reception area doors and the library lobby areas, and continuing to lay floor and tiling surfaces as the differing areas really start to take shape. Poolside has seen a big change too as brand new windows have been installed across the length of the buildings frontage. The images above show some of the key elements of progress; watch this space for further updates.

Leisure centre

Building work is well underway at the front 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. As expected, customers will experience some level of disruption for up to 20 months while these works are ongoing, with an expected completion date of Spring 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience experienced and we will keep you updated as the project progresses.

A diverse pool programme is now in place at the centre and the gym and exercise classes continue as normal. Unfortunately, the 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 has now been relocated to Peterlee Leisure Centre and the former library building is now closed.

Book services and computers are available to use in the temporary, leisure centre based library, as well as offering a range of community clubs and outreach services such as Universal Credit advice appointments. All services will remain in the temporary library until the brand new facility is complete in Spring 2019. Access to the temporary library is via the leisure centre reception.

Consultation feedback

A number of issues were mentioned during the feedback sessions and these have helped us to shape a temporary service which can meet your needs. Councillor Joy Allen, our Cabinet member for Transformation, said "Our drop-in consultation sessions last year found that the public were overwhelmingly in favour of keeping a library facility in the town while the new one is completed and local members Councillor Audrey Laing and Councillor Harry Bennett have worked hard to ensure these needs were met. A lot of work has been done to create this great space for people which means no-one will lose access to these important facilities."

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 four 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.

No reduced access to public computers

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

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