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Penarth Leisure Centre Roof Replacement

UPDATED: 10 April 
What’s Happening?

Due to the age of Penarth Leisure Centre it’s now necessary to completely refurbish the roof to ensure it’s safe and secure for the years ahead. This project, involving 3 phases, will strengthen the infrastructure of the building to ensure the longevity of the Leisure Centre’s purpose, to provide sports, leisure and fitness facilities to the local community and visitors. Whilst this is positive news, it does come with some significant disruption over the duration of the project.

We are happy to announce our pool will open on 24 April 2024. 


What is phase 2 of the project?

We have now completed the gym move to our Sport Hall and we hope to return to the original 1st floor location towards the end of May, further details will be sent out in the coming weeks. The second stage of phase two was to re-open the Pool, this will happen on the 24th April and our Swimming lesson programme will move back to the centre week commencing 29th April.



Access to the following areas will not be possible for safety reasons:

  • Our studio on the first floor near the lift
  • The whole gym area including the National Exercise Referral room
  • The walkway overlooking the sports hall on the 1st floor
  • Unfortunately we will lose the use of our sports hall as it will be a gym and exercise zone.



  • Our pool - reopening on 24 April
  • Our gym will remain fully operational with several zones to cater for all our members and non members but will be located in the sports hall.
  • The fitness program will continue to operate almost all our current classes. Please click here to see this program.
  • Studio A - our large dance studio on the 1st floor (accessed via the back fire exit at the end of the ground floor corridor past the spin studio).
  • The corridor to the pool balcony once the pool re-opens (late April) Squash and Dojo courts after 5pm only.
  • Our meeting room on the ground floor
  • Our newly refurbished spin studio.
  • Our health suite.


Is Penarth Leisure Centre Still Open?

Yes. Very much so. 

We continue to run our gym and fitness program but we have just moved things around. There may of course be some added building work noise, but we aim to keep this to a minimum where possible.

Link to timetable page here.

If you have a Penarth junior membership, please use either Barry or LLantwit Leisure Centres. You will not be able to use Caridff International Pool.


What will happen to pool use, and Swimming Lessons?

Great news: our Swim School program will now return to Penarth from Monday 29 April. We hope you have enjoyed Cardiff International Pool over the last few months and thank you for your patience during this time.

There’s nothing you to do other than amending your swimming lesson location on your calendar to Penarth!


What about Lane Swimming?

We have taken this opportunity to refresh our programme ensuring our members a better experience. All our clubs, lane swimming, parent and toddler sessions and public sessions will restart. Dive into our programme here!

As a gesture of goodwill for the disruption we are going to continue to allow Penarth Members to use Cardiff International pool until the end of the project, so you will have access to this facility in the Summer months.


Your membership at Penarth means you are also able to use other Centres within the Vale of Glamorgan.  This includes Barry and Llantwit Major, these pools will be operating as usual.


What if I already pay for Cardiff International Pool as part of my membership?

You will be able to continue to use both centres for the remainder of April without the extra £8 surcharge. Once the project is completed we will advise you when this will be reinstated.


Aqua Fit continues

Great news is that Aqua will now be back in Penarth.  We will return to running Aqua on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1pm as we did. We are also running Saturday Aqua on our program and will be introducing a new Aqua class in the evening on a Tuesday at 7pm for those of us that can’t make the daytime slots.


We use Penarth Pool as a club, what happens next?

All our clubs will have been contacted now and we will have organised your return to Penarth pool.  If for any reason you have not been contacted then please do not hesitate to contact the centre.


What if I am a primary school who usually takes their class to Penarth to learn to swim?

All the schools will be returning to Penarth as planned, if you are booked with us you should already have a date to use Penarth pool in the coming months. If you have not got a confirmed date or time then please contact the centre and we can look at availability for your school into our programme.


What changes will we see at Penarth?

We are delighted to say we are still on programme and making good progress. Phase one has been completed and the pool reopens on 24 April.

Phase two has begun and the gym was moved into the sports hall.  

Phase three will see us return the gym to its rightful location on the 1st floor. The Sports Hall will then have to stay out of action until the project is completed.

The ceilings will remain untouched internally, and the existing roof covering will be overlaid in manageable sections to minimise the risk of disruption from the weather. The outer edges of the roof will also be replaced as the work progresses. The car park will mostly be unaffected, but we have lost access to the pathway and parking bays alongside the Sports Hall. The one-way system will remain in place and all the line markings for the current car park have been refreshed to aid users.



We will continually update customers via email (where relevant) but also via:

I hope this gives you an overview of the project so far.

I’d like to thank you in advance for your understanding while these improvements are made. I’m sure you’ll agree these upgrade works will be a great benefit to our community.

Should you have any queries or questions please speak to the team locally and we will do our best to help.

Nic Beggs and the team,
Penarth Leisure Centre