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Curtain raised on multi-million pound leisure centre redevelopment

Posted on Wednesday 8th February 2017 at 8:33 pm by SH (Editor)

Paralympian Andy Lewis (left) cuts a ribbon to mark the official launch of new facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. Alongside him are (l-r) Cllr Erica Williams (chair of South Gloucestershire Council) and Cllr Heather Goddard (chair of South Gloucestershire Council's Environment and Community Services Committee).

Customers can now enjoy a range of new facilities at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre following a major £3.6million redevelopment funded by South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).

An official launch by triathlete and 2016 Paralympic gold medallist Andy Lewis, who used the centre for his pre-Olympics training, took place on 5th January with partners and staff involved in the project. Bradley Stoke was the nearest centre that could offer him proper training facilities and so was critical to his pre-Games training.

Pupils from Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) were amongst those lucky enough to have a preview of the new-look lifestyle centre and to meet Andy, who brought along his gold medal and spent time chatting to leisure centre staff and guests.

New facilities include an extensive soft play zone and an all adventure climbing experience. There has also been significant investment made into the gym, café, and studios, making the centre a real destination venue for the local community and wider area.

Alongside the leisure centre facilities, which were redeveloped by leisure design and build specialist Createability, improved library accessibility and extended opening hours through a swipe card access system is due to begin in February (see page 15) and both services will benefit from an additional 130 parking spaces.

Andy said:

“This is a fantastic centre. I wish I had such great facilities on my doorstep. The support from the leisure centre has been awesome from start to finish and I couldn’t have achieved the Gold without them. The new facilities look amazing.”

More: New climbing wall has recorded over 4,000 visits in two months »

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Leisure centre redevelopment work set to start next week

Posted on Friday 12th February 2016 at 1:09 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of new three-level softplay area at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.

New and improved facilities including adventure climbing walls, two-storey adventure play, a 12-station toning suite and fully refurbished changing rooms are being created at Active Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre as part of a £3.6 million redevelopment programme.

The work, which starts next week (w/c Monday 15th February), will also result in over 100 new parking spaces and a major extension to the existing gym area.

The project is a collaboration between Circadian Trust, who operate Active Centres across South Gloucestershire, and South Gloucestershire Council and will be carried out in three phases. The first is the conversion of squash courts to accommodate two new, larger dance studios across two floors and the refurbishment of the female dry changing rooms.

Later in the spring, the main sports hall will be converted to accommodate a revolutionary new auto-belay climbing wall experience and an extensive adventure play. Alongside this, the male dry changing rooms will be refurbished, the gym and café extended and additional parking spaces created.

The final phase will be the conversion of the existing softplay into a new Shapemaster toning suite, two party rooms and refurbishment of the function suites on the first floor. There will also be improvements to the library to make it more accessible.

It is anticipated the work will be completed by January 2017.

More: Disruption inevitable; changes to car parking arrangements »

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Local leisure centre operator Circadian Trust marks tenth anniversary

Posted on Monday 11th January 2016 at 11:45 am by SH (Editor)

Chief executive Mark Crutchley (2nd from left) with staff who have worked with Circadian for ten years or more.

Circadian Trust, which runs “Active” branded Leisure Centres across South Gloucestershire on a not for profit basis, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Key employees, clubs, trustees and local councillors came together at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre to mark the anniversary and look ahead to the next ten years.

Since becoming a trust in 2005, Circadian has successfully transformed the community leisure space in the region through innovation and sustained reinvestment, bringing lasting benefits to its local communities. It has seen:

  • 18% increase in customer uptake to 2.5 million customer visits per year since 2010
  • Growth in turnover by 7.6% to £11 million in the last financial year
  • Since 2006, reinvestment of more than £7 million into initiatives including new sports and leisure facilities and technology such as the ‘MyWellness’ cloud-based platform which allows users to track activity at home

Chief executive Mark Crutchley, who gave a speech at the celebration event, said:

“We have experienced significant changes over the past ten years: when the organisation was founded, it was designed to provide community leisure facilities within a tight framework set by the local authority. Today, as local government funding is continually squeezed, Circadian has evolved to become more commercial and able to respond to significantly changing customer requirements, while continuing to deliver a social impact.”

More: Profit made by the trust is reinvested to improve facilities »

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Green light for £3.6 million redevelopment of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

Posted on Thursday 5th November 2015 at 11:08 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre is to undergo a £3.6 million redevelopment, enabling it to offer exciting new activities for all ages and meet a growing demand for its use.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC’s) Communities Committee, which met on 4th November, approved plans that will see a redevelopment of the site to enable the centre to meet increased demand from planned new housing and offer improved facilities.

Plans include:

  • A 17-adventure climbing experience
  • Enhanced soft play facility and designated party rooms
  • A  major expansion of the fitness suite from 85 to 106 stations
  • Bigger group and multi-purpose exercise studios
  • A new 12-station toning suite

The redevelopment will also focus on improving customer experience and sustainability, with other changes including:

  • 130 additional parking spaces
  • Refurbished changing areas
  • A café extension

Councillor Heather Goddard, chair of SGC’s Communities Committee, said:

“The agreed redevelopment of Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre is very good news for existing and potential new users of the centre customers who will benefit from improved facilities and more choice of activities. It will allow the centre to meet new demand in the future and reflects our commitment to encouraging active lifestyles.”

“We are pleased to be able to make these improvements which will expand what the centre offers and ‘grows’ the business, rather than cuts back.”

“We recognise there will be some inevitable disruption during the works and the loss of the squash courts in the new design. But we believe that the new-look centre will provide better choices across all age ranges and increase customer use.”

“We will be working with the local squash players affected in the coming weeks to help them find alternative sites where they can continue to enjoy their sport.”

More: Work is planned to start in spring 2016 »

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