We have seen at Hereford Leisure Pool the massive impact that investment in the facilities makes to growing participation in physical activity across the local community.
To repeat this success, Herefordshire Council and Halo Leisure are investing approximately £2.3million into the Halo centre in Ross-on-Wye.
The work is due to commence in September 2014 and local residents will benefit from:
- A new fitness suite which is twice the size of the existing gym with 54 stations (double the current number of pieces of equipment)
- A new fitness studio with supporting personal training and an enhanced group exercise class timetable
- A new sauna, steam room and feature shower
- Fresh new changing facilities
- A refurbished swimming pool hall and spectator area
- A new reception area
Temporary closure of facilities
“The scale of the refurbishment and the need to have the best quality build in the shortest time frame makes it financially and practically impossible for the centre to remain open during the project” said Scott Rolfe, Halo chief executive.
He added: “The decision of a short term closure has not been taken lightly and all alternatives have been fully explored. Although the swimming pool will close for a time, we are hoping to relocate the gym to temporary commercial accommodation in Ross-on-Wye town centre. The land based group exercise classes will not be affected as these are delivered off site in community venues.”
The pool is scheduled to be closed from September 2014 for an estimated time of 40 weeks, re-opening in June 2015. Council officers are working with Halo management to explore ways to minimise the impact of the closure and to provide alternative arrangements with financial benefits for the community during this period.
Councillor Harry Bramer, cabinet member for contracts and assets, said: “Although a closure is unavoidable due to the nature of the refurbishment works, we hope people will be patient while we work to deliver fantastic new facilities for people in Ross-on-Wye.
"This is a major investment and a great example of our ability to work together using the council’s asset management skills and Halo’s expertise in management of leisure facilities in order to provide value for money for people in Herefordshire.”
This information has been released on behalf of Halo Leisure.