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The Louisa Centre refurbishment to begin

Published September 14, 2023 11.58am

The refurbishment of a County Durham leisure centre is to begin next week.

We will start work on transforming The Louisa Centre, Stanley, into a more modern and sustainable facility on Monday 18 September.

Exciting new updates

A new Move Hub will be installed featuring the latest power-assisted equipment. This suite will provide a unique exercise and rehabilitation solution for people who are older, suffering from long-term health conditions, recovering from injury or who are returning to exercise.

Younger visitors will be able to stay active in the new activity spaces, which will include a relocated and expanded soft play area. Part of the sports hall will also be transformed into an activity space which will include the largest and only TAG Active arena in the region and climbing facilities.

Customers will be able to enjoy a new café facility with healthy options, drinks and snacks.

Updates will be made to some of the existing facilities, including the changing rooms and toilets, the air conditioning systems, and in the pool plant room. All the changes will support our vision to deliver low-emission buildings and improve future sustainability.

Can be enjoyed by all

Cllr James Rowlandson, our Cabinet member for resources, investment, and assets, said: "Our ambition is that across County Durham we can offer a range of modern and well-equipped leisure centres that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities.

"The refurbishment of The Louisa Centre follows successful transformations of sites such as Abbey Leisure Centre, which reopened in the summer and is already proving very popular.

"We know how important our leisure facilities are to communities and we hope residents enjoy the new upgrades and will ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum."

We will keep you up to date

The work is being completed as part of our leisure transformation programme, which aims to refurbish, and modernise leisure facilities across the county.

In order to minimise disruption whilst the refurbishments take place, the work areas within the building will be fully separated from the rest of the leisure centre and work will be completed in a phased approach.

We will keep customers up to date as the works proceeds and advance notice will be given for any potential disruption.

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