towcester refurb


The £1million refurbishment of Towcester Leisure Centre is scheduled to commence in August 2020, South Northants Council has confirmed.    


The 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 council has taken advantage of the delay to alter the project timetable. Work is now expected to start on the project at the end of August. The dryside refurbishment works, involve an extension of the current gym and the addition of a new multi purpose room and is planned for completion in October. The wetside refurbishment project will involve a full refurbishment of the swimming pool changing rooms including dedicated disabled changing facilities, additional family changing areas, improved shower facilities and will also see refurbishment of the pool area and spa. This is planned for completion in the first quarter of 2021. We will provide regular progress updates via our social media and website pages throughout the refurbishment works.         


We are delighted that the investment into improving the centre is happening now and we look forward to providing what will be a greatly enhanced  experience for all the residents of South Northants.” Glen Hall Managing Director Parkwood Leisure 

The impact of the project  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.


“I’m delighted to confirm our commitment to delivering this £1million scheme which will deliver first class facilities for residents. We know some people may be disappointed they have to wait a while longer to enjoy a swim at Towcester however customers will be able to swim and take part in lessons at our recently refurbished sister site in Brackley.”  


The FAQs below cover some of the most common questions you may be wanting to ask:



What is the scale of the works and improvements to the fitness facilities?

The dryside works will include the extension of the current gym into the existing health suite area. This will enable us to spread out the current equipment, but also enhance the functional fitness offering.

We will also be creating a multi purpose room in the existing Salon, to be utilised for Yoga, Pilates and other activities. 

There will also be improvements to the air conditioning and ventilation systems in these areas.


What facilities will be closed/remain open?

The Gym, studios and sports hall are the facilities that will remain open during the works. The Swimming Pool and Changing Village will remain closed until we open after completion of the project

It may be that we will need to screen a small section of the gym for a short period of time but any inconvenience will be kept to a minimum, but this will be communicated in advance via customer emails.

Please note that once we reopen the Centre after the closure due to Covid 19 there will be revised opening times and timetables. These will be updated on the website once we are open.


Will the Sauna & Steam Room be retained?

We have taken the decision to close the Sauna & Steam rooms. Usage of these facilities is low but the costs to run them are high. We are also aware that these facilities would require a significant amount of investment to get them to an acceptable standard. All of which does not make them financially viable to remain open. The new Social Distancing rules will make these areas very difficult to operate. 


What will happen with memberships during this time?

Fitness Memberships will run as usual with the Gym and Group Exercise Classes still scheduled to operate, but at a reduced level as mentioned above. Swim Members will have the option to utilize the facilities at Brackley or have their membership frozen during the duration of the works. If frozen Direct Debits will not be collected and Annual Swim Members will have the time added to their membership. Swim members will also be given the opportunity to benefit from the newly refurbished fitness facilities by upgrading their membership.

If you have any further questions you can speak to the membership team at the centre when we are open.


What will happen with Swimming Lessons?

Swimming Lessons will be transferred to Brackley  where possible for the extent of the works and direct debit payees will also have the opportunity to freeze. 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.


If you wish for your child to attend lessons at Brackley leisure centre

Please advise us on your availability by clicking the link below and completing the form. We will do our best to accommodate as many children as we can but due to the new social distancing rules spaces will be limited. If we are unable to accommodate your lesson we will, of course, continue to freeze your payment.




If you do not wish for your child to attend lessons at Brackley leisure centre

For whatever reason, we are able to freeze your child’s lessons and they will continue at Towcester when the pools reopen. To freeze your child's lessons please click on the link below and complete the form.




What will the pool area refurbishments consist of?

We will be having extensive redecoration works to the current steelwork, flume and barriers. The Spa will be refurbished and improvements made to the Spa plant.

We will also be refurbishing the current pool toilet facilities.


What improvements will be made to the wetside changing facilities?

  • Increased quantity of cubicles

  • Larger cubicles

  • More family changing cubicles

  • Increased shower facilities

  • Improved disabled access and facilities

  • Improved ventilation

  • New flooring

  • New ceiling


To keep up to date with all the latest developments please ensure that you have registered with us at Towcester Leisure Centre, provided an email and opted in to receive our communications. You can do this via our website


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.



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