Brough Park Leisure Centre has been closed since 20th March when lockdown was introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. With the Prime Minister announcing indoor gyms and swimming pools must remain closed until further notice. The project comprises essential reinforcement work to the steel column bases and the glulam beams within the pool hall. The windows in the hall will also be replaced as part of the project alongside localised tile replacements. The works will ensure the safety of the structural integrity of the pool hall to comply with health and safety regulations. The maintenance works required were not sufficiently developed and designed ahead of the mandatory Government closure in March 2020. Whilst efforts have been made to accelerate the works, Government lock down restrictions have prevented the procurement of specialist services and manufacturing shutdowns across Europe have delayed the importation of the materials needed to complete the essential maintenance tasks.
Councillor Mark Deaville, Deputy Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Cabinet member for Leisure and Sports, said: “Swimmers will obviously be keen to return to the water but it is essential that we can provide a safe environment for them to do that. Aside from the need to ensure the facility is Covid-secure, we had planned to carry out essential maintenance and as restrictions continue to ease the good news is that we can now get on with those works."
This means when the centre is allowed to reopen on the 25th July, the swimming pool will be unavailable.
The team has put a range of measures in place so customers can enjoy the benefits of exercise, while still observing social distancing rules.These include spacing out of gym equipment and reduced capacity. As well as relocating exercise classes to larger spaces to give everyone more room. An enhanced cleaning regime will be in place, hand sanitiser will be available throughout the centres and we will be implementing a one way system throughout the centre.
The works are totally structural to ensure the safety and structure of the pool hall and roof.
The swimming pool and wet side changing facility will be closed throughout the project as the pool hall will be the construction site.
Customers will get the opportunity to take up a gym membership for no additional cost or we will keep the swimming membership suspended. Swimming members will be allowed to use the facilities at South Moorlands, Biddulph Valley from the 1st August when the pools reopen. Please complete the form on https://www.leisurecentre.com/contactus to re-activate your membership so that you can use the other pools.
Swimming Lessons will remain suspended for the extent of the works and direct debit payments will not be taken. Customers should not cancel their direct debit as we will be able to reactivate payments as soon as we open, and will ensure that places are not lost.
We will be reviewing the swimming lesson programme during closure to ensure we have the right sessions in place to meet demand.
There will be an option to move your children to south Moorlands, Biddulph or Buxton swimming Pool. To take up this option please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The work will take approximately 12 weeks to complete but we will have a better idea as the works are progressing. We will update you via social media and the centre website through the project.
To keep up to date with all the latest developments please ensure that you have registered with us at Brough Park Leisure Centre, provided an email and opted in to receive our communications. You can do this via our website www.leisurecentre.com/register. We will be sending out regular emails to all customers to ensure they have all the relevant information, as well as regular updates via our social media channels.