New team appointed to run contract for South Northamptonshire Council facilities

An artist impression of the planned leisure centre upgrades NNL-160825-091554001
An artist impression of the planned leisure centre upgrades NNL-160825-091554001

South Northants’ three leisure centres will switch to a new management team tomorrow (Thursday).

South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) signed a deal with Parkwood Leisure for the firm to take over running Brackley Leisure Centre, Brackley Swimming Pool and Towcester Centre for Leisure from September 1.

This new partnership includes new build and refurbishment works and long-term management operation through Legacy Leisure.

Cllr Karen Cooper, portfolio holder for community and well-being at SNC, said: “This new leisure contract is great news for residents as it will provide improved facilities for the district, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles for years to come.”

Some of the changes include a new state-of-the-art main pool and learner pool, dedicated spin studio, new 110-station fitness suite and new Precor gym equipment at Brackley Leisure Centre. Towcester Centre for Leisure will also see a new gym installed, comprising new Precor equipment, floor and décor and changing room refurbishment, as well as a refurbished café, which will offer a new menu including healthy snacks and drinks.

While the gyms are being refurbished there will a period of closure; Brackley Leisure Centre from Thursday, September 1, until Saturday, September 3, and Towcester Centre for Leisure from Thursday, September 1, until Thursday, September 8.

Members will have their October membership fees reduced by two days and seven days respectively to compensate for these closures.

At Brackley swimming pool, the normal programme of activities and swimming will remain throughout the duration of the work, although the current gym equipment will also be replaced by Legacy Leisure.

In addition, 26 spaces will be added to the car park at Towcester Centre for Leisure. Work will start on Monday, September 12, and is anticipated to last for six weeks.

During the construction of the additional bays there will be a temporary loss of 24 bays while the extension of the car park is completed.

There is a leaflet available advising customers of any changes and improvements to their facilities.