Doncaster leisure centre £2.8m revamp

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Adwick Leisure Centre is set for a major cash boost to transform it into a top class health and fitness venue.

The Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust is seeking a £2.8m council loan to kit out the centre with a 100-station fitness suite, ten-pin bowling alley and dance studios.

The plans also include a spinning studio, soft play area and a cafe.

A council document which is to be put to cabinet members on Wednesday says: “The council commissioned a review of leisure in 2010 which recognised that the north of Doncaster was under-provided-for in leisure opportunity.

“The aim of this project is to address this issue, creating a destination of quality that can be enjoyed by all members of the family.”

The DCLT proposes to borrow £2.8m from council funds, which will be repaid at a rate of about £240,000 per annum for the next 15 years.

Council officers estimate the revamp will increase the centre’s capacity from 1,200 to 2,500 in three years. It has 1,250 members at present.

The plans involve introducing a mezzanine floor in the main hall to accommodate the 100-station fitness suite, spinning studio, dance studios and changing rooms.

Three-quarters of the main hall will then be turned into an eight-lane bowling alley. The badminton courts will be retained and the squash courts will be converted into an interactive soft play facility.

Some 50 extra car parking spaces will be created.

The cash boost is part of a wider scheme to transform leisure across the whole of Doncaster. The scheme was put together while former Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies was still in office. Adwick and The Dome have been earmarked for extra funding but Askern, Rossington and the St James’ centre in the town centre were put at risk of closure. The St James’ centre has already closed.

Coun Bob Johnson, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “Adwick Leisure Centre is a very popular facility with room for expansion, both in the gym and other leisure pursuits.

“DCLT is a proven supplier of leisure facilities in the town - such as the very successful and popular Doncaster Dome.

“The loan we are providing to DCLT to run Adwick will be paid back and will help increase footfall at the centre, making it more sustainable, which in turn will help support other leisure facilities across the borough.”

He added: “We continue to work closely with DCLT to ensure a sustainable leisure provision for the future.”

Council officers believe the spruce-up will generate more income and benefit residents of the Adwick and North Doncaster catchment area through the extra health and fitness opportunities.

The report said: “North Doncaster residents currently have to travel across the borough - two bus trips for those without access to a car - to access a group leisure offering.

“Surpluses generated by the scheme will be available to re-invest in the leisure facility stock under the management agreement with the council.”