£1.2 million revamp for Woodgreen Leisure Centre

An artist's impression of a newly revamped Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury. NNL-160303-153555001
An artist's impression of a newly revamped Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury. NNL-160303-153555001

Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury is to get a £1.2 million upgrade.

Cherwell District Council (CDC) unveiled the plans to improve the ‘dry side’ facilities, including installing a new 50-station health and fitness gym suite, dance and spinning studios.

Other improvements will include an integrated café and library, larger changing rooms, toilets and a reception area and meeting room.

CDC deputy leader, George Reynolds, said: “In 2009/10 we invested £1.3 million in improving the ‘wet’ facilities and pool so now we are bringing the rest of the centre up to date by focusing on upgrading the ‘dry side’ of the centre.

“Woodgreen has always been recognised for having the town’s only outdoor swimming pool but these improvements will help to promote the other opportunities available at the centre so it becomes recognised for more than just alfresco swimming.

“The work we are undertaking will offer state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities at the heart of a thriving community.

“We are delighted to be investing such a significant sum of money to create a true focal point where people can exercise, socialise and realise their full fitness potential.”

The investment does not include any alternations to the existing Olympic-sized swimming pool. Earlier this year CDC appointed Parkwood Leisure as its preferred bidder to carry out the improvements.

A planning application was submitted in February ahead of the anticipated contract award in May.

Works could be completed as early as November.

Plans for the improvements are on display at Woodgreen Leisure Centre and will be available to view in March and April.

Comment cards will be provided at the centre or people can forward their opinions to leisuredevelopment@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk.