New gym and leisure facilities unveiled

PUBLISHED: 19:00 18 March 2015

Official opening  of refurbishment, Parish Wharf, Portishead, Felicity Baker, Jamie Brown and Nigel Ashman leader of North Somerset Council.

Official opening of refurbishment, Parish Wharf, Portishead, Felicity Baker, Jamie Brown and Nigel Ashman leader of North Somerset Council.

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THE £1.2million revamp of a Portishead leisure facility has been completed on time and on budget by North Somerset Council.

The money has been spent on a raft of developments and improvements at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre in Harbour Road and on Monday the completed project was unveiled.

The refurbishment has been carried out in 30 weeks and on budget. Changes include a new gym area, which was opened in early November, with additional work on the reception area and cafe carried out since.

A new entrance to the swimming pool changing rooms and toilets has also been added as well as extra studio space for classes and activities.

To accommodate the larger gym, the leisure centre’s indoor bowling rinks were removed, much to the dismay of bowls fans in the town.
However, the council said it made the decision to remove them after a survey showed they were underused.

Since the opening of the new gym, the centre has seen a 25 per cent increase in memberships and a jump in users throughout the whole facility.

Cllr Felicity Baker, executive member for tourism and leisure, said: “The capital investment opportunity at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre is part of our overall review of leisure services.

“This shows the council’s commitment in ensuring services are both maintained and enhanced where appropriate while at the same time reducing the council’s level of subsidy.

“The work at the centre provides the town of Portishead with a building to be proud of and the increase in users shows that there was a need for these enhanced facilities.”

Jamie Brown, contracts manager for Places for People Leisure which manages the centre, said: “The improvements made at the venue will provide users with a better experience and provide the centre with the opportunity to build on its current programme by offering new activities for all members of the community.”


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