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Leisure centre set to reopen following £3.4m refurbishment

The leisure centre reopens next week – Photo: Places Leisure

The new and improved Waveney Valley Leisure Centre is set to reopen next week after a £3.4million refurbishment.

Formerly Bungay Pool and Gym, the centre is due to reopen on Wednesday 28th October at 12pm for gym classes, fitness classes and swimming sessions. Swimming lessons are set to return on Monday 2nd November.

The centre closed in September 2019 to undergo the £3.4 million refurbishment and bring state-of-the-art facilities to the area. Initially estimated to take around 10 months to complete, the coronavirus pandemic meant that work was slightly delayed.

As well as renewing the mechanical and electrical systems, the refurbishment includes:

  • New changing rooms, showers and toilets, including improved disabled facilities
  • A new café area with a pool viewing area, WiFi and air conditioning
  • New, modern gym equipment and a refurbished studio
  • A new sauna
  • Refurbishment of the flume
  • Improvements to the car parking area

Extra money was also invested in retiling in and around the pool and building a brand new spin room.

Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk’s cabinet member for Leisure, said: “Before lockdown, we were seeing a real surge of interest in our refurbished centres, which have all been completed to the highest standard, and we are so excited that Waveney Valley Leisure Centre is now getting ready to join this list.

“It goes without saying that taking care of our own wellbeing has never been more important, and exercise has a significant impact on both our physical and mental wellbeing, so we’re so happy our customer can soon return and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back.

“I want to reassure everyone that we have been taking every step to ensure we are re-opening safely, including putting a number of safety measures and cleaning regimes into place, as well as maintaining social distancing.

“I would personally like to thank our customers, and everyone in the area, for their support and patience while the work was done, and for being understanding to the slight delay in re-opening due to Covid-19.”

The centre closed in September 2019 to undergo the refurbishment – Photo: Places Leisure

Places Leisure, who operate the East Suffolk Council’s leisure centres in the south of the district, have been awarded an interim operational contract for Waveney Valley Leisure Centre following the end of Sentinel Leisure Trust’s operational contract.

Delays to the contractual process means that it has not been possible to appoint a permanent operator yet, however, a decision is expected to be taken in December.

Jeremy Boreham, area manager for Places Leisure, said: “We are delighted to help open the brand new Waveney Valley Leisure Centre in partnership with East Suffolk Council as we aim to achieve our social mission of ‘creating active places and healthy people’. The new leisure centre will offer the local community access to a diverse range of exciting new activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

The centre was designed with the council’s development partner, Pulse Design & Build.

Matt Johnson, Executive Director at Pulse & Build, said: “We are thrilled to see another fantastic project reach completion under our partnership with East Suffolk Council.  We have overcome the challenges of 2020 to deliver this project on time and to budget.

“Pulse Design & Build has a strong presence in Suffolk and has delivered several leisure projects in the county, which have created jobs, training opportunities for young people and supported local suppliers. The redevelopment of Waveney Valley Leisure Centre will continue in this vein and have a lasting impact in the local area.”

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  • Hi I would like to join if possible how do I do this? Do I have to go into the Gym or can I do on line?

  • Really looking forward to returning to swimming, have missed it. I may be an older member but still need to exercise.

  • Hi I’m a disabled lady who can walk very short distances but can’t exercise hence the weight has piled on. I have 2 friends who are in a very similar condition plus my daughter who has lost 11stone. We all need exercise but we don’t want to be put with the avid swimmers as im not sure I could even swim any more so will need A float to hold onto at least at first. Will you be doing any times that people like us can come for an hour for gentle exercise say twice a week. If you could let me know plus prices etc I would really like to book them . Cheers jacqui