Revamp at popular leisure centre in Lowestoft is marked
- Credit: Nick Butcher
A major investment in leisure services has been celebrated at an official opening ceremony.
Thanks to the 'ever-increasing popularity' of Lowestoft's main sports centre, more than £1m has been invested in the Waterlane Leisure Centre – with the facility benefiting from its second major revamp in less than three years.
The sports centre, which is operated by Sentinel Leisure Trust in partnership with Waveney District Council, underwent an extensive £8m redevelopment in January 2012. And in the autumn, further renovations were made to the centre in Water Lane after the facility reached maximum capacity.
Hailing the successful transformation at a celebratory event last Friday, more than 20 organisations were given a tour of the new-look centre – as the new and improved facilities were showcased and officially opened.
With significant improvements made, a two-floor 150-station gym has been created, with the gym floor space increasing by 50pc and new equipment added.
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The existing beauty therapy zone and thermal suite were merged to form Rosie's Day Spa, and with funding from Badminton England, the main hall has been refurbished.
With the district council agreeing to fund this £1.1m development, which was carried out by Pulse Fitness, Stephen Ardley, deputy leader of Waveney, said: 'The ever-increasing popularity of Waterlane goes to show that Waveney's decision to form the Leisure Trust was absolutely correct and that we are committed to delivering excellent leisure facilities to the community.'
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Andy Wilson-Sutter, chairman of Sentinel Leisure Trust, said the success of Waterlane was a tribute to the 'outstanding partnership' between Sentinel Leisure Trust, Waveney District Council and Pulse Leisure.