Cash boost to leisure facilities in Brackley makes a big splash

Artist's impression of the improvements to Brackley Leisure Centre. Image courtesy of architects Burke Rickhards. NNL-160902-134255001
Artist's impression of the improvements to Brackley Leisure Centre. Image courtesy of architects Burke Rickhards. NNL-160902-134255001

A £4.5million investment in leisure facilities in Brackley and Towcester is one step closer after South Northamptonshire Council appointed a ‘preferred bidder’ for the district’s leisure operator and improvements contract.

Highlights of the investment include a new swimming provision at Brackley Leisure Centre and a rejuvenation of Towcester Centre for Leisure (TCFL).

Along with the new 25m, six lane swimming pool, learner pool and wet changing village in Brackley, the centre will get a new reception, café, meeting room, refurbished dry-side changing facilities, a bespoke spinning studio, and a new 100 station health and fitness suite.

Counciloor Rosie Herring, South Northamptonshire District Council’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “This is fantastic news for the residents of Brackley and surrounding areas.

“It has been an aspiration for the council to expand access to swimming and enhance the leisure offer within the district, whilst making better use of the existing facilities.”

Parkwood Leisure Limited are now working with the council to finalise the plans for both sites and design concepts will go on display in all three centres between Monday, February 22 and Friday, March 11.

Questions and feedback can be emailed to leisuredevelopment@cherwellandsouthnorthants.gov.uk and there will be comment cards at the leisure centres during the display of design concepts.

Subject to planning consent being granted, the new facility should be completed by October 2017. Simming will continue during the building works at Brackley Pool in Manor Road.

Negotiations on the future of the Manor Road site are underway with Northamptonshire County Council, the owners of the site.

Staff currently employed at the leisure centres will be transferred to the new contractors and no redundancies are expected.