PHASE 2 NEARING COMPLETION, Phase 3 underway

Work is almost complete on a selection of brand new leisure facilities that will be opening shortly at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. The opening of the facilities which include a trampoline park, 10-pin bowling, a soft play area and an American style diner, will mark the end of phase two of the leisure centre’s £10 million refurbishment, in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council.

 

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PHASE 2 & 3 - PROGRESS UPDATES

Update 015 – November 2017

Phase 2 is predominantly complete. The below areas and works have finished and open to the public.

 

  • New Leisure Reception complete and open
  • Diner open with limited offering
  • Soft Play open
  • Bowling open
  • Party/Meeting/Activity rooms open. 

 

Phase 2 outstanding items

  • Trampoline Park – awaiting building compliance sign off
  • Front Entrance stair case and railing works to be completed
  • Enhanced external lighting
  • Snagging items

 

Phase 3

Phase 3 works will see the old Reception refurbished, new changing facilities for wet and dry activities, a new Teaching pool, refurbished Sauna and Plunge suite, and a new large Exercise Class Studio. 

The below works are going on.

  • Health and Fitness Changing rooms nearing completion with flooring, ceilings and fixtures and fittings being installed into the new space.
  • Demolition of Poolside internal structures, old wet changing rooms and reception
  • Decommissioning and removal of old boilers, air handing systems and CHP machine.
  • New large Fitness Studio being formed in a section of the old gym space.
  • 80% of the roof structures have now been replaced.

 

UPDATE 014 - 26th JULY 2017

Phase 2 works are nearing completion with lots of finishes to be completed.

 Current status.

  • New Leisure Reception area has been formed, final electrical installations and finishes being completed. Toilets to be installed.
  • Diner servery and kitchen is currently being installed
  • Bowling alley installation is complete, final finishes being completed.
  • Soft Play installation completed, final finishes being completed.
  • Trampoline Park installation is still ongoing. Most beds and features are now installed. Items left for completion include:
    • Raised Walkway being created
    • Access to the Park form Briefing room
    • Changing area for the park to be installed
    • Finsishes to briefing room, changing area, and park
    • Video and Audio installation   

With plans to close the Poolside and associated changing rooms in September we have brought forward our Phase 3 plans to build the new changing rooms for the Gym and Fitness Classes, work on this area has now started in the old Gym location.

 

UPDATE 013 - 23rd MAY 2017

Works to complete Phase 1 of the centre refurbishments started on Monday 4th July 2016 and other than snagging issues are mostly complete.

Phase 2 began in March 17 and to date the following steps have been started / completed.

  • Strip out and Demolition works Studios, Zany Zone, Squash Courts and Dry Changing Rooms to open out the space and facilitate new stairwells and access routes.
  • Plant installation for various services such as air conditioning and heating.
  • Prepare “shell” for the installation of the Bowling lanes and equipment along with the Trampoline park structure and Soft play facility.
  • All power and date service installed

The next steps over the coming weeks will include…

  • Mezzanine installed into old Squash Court 1 to create pre Trampoline briefing and preparation areas.
  • Build new Leisure Reception and Diner Kitchen and servery.
  • Installation of Bowling plant, equipment and finishes
  • Installation of Trampoline Beds and equipment
  • Installation of new Soft play structure facility
  • Create walkways and corridors to these areas.
  • Creation of Activity/Meeting/Training/Party rooms in the old Bowls hall.
  • Improvements to the external access at the side of the building for the new facilities.

We are aware that there are some items that have been picked up as part of the Phase 1 snagging and we shall continue to address items to improve service in a timely manner.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 2 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

During this time we also ask that customers remain aware of the works when in and around the centre.

 

UPDATE 012 - 21ST APRIL 2017

Phase 2 of the £8m capital investment to refurbish Bath Sports & Leisure Centre is now underway to create a new Leisure offering.

Demolition works continue in various locations to open out the space and facilitate new stairwells and access routes.

Preperation to the “shell” for the installation of the Bowling lanes and equipment along with the Trampoline park structure and Soft play facility is ongoing.

The creatation of walkways and corridors to these areas, is near completion.

Continued demo of the Bowls Hall in anitipation of the creation of Activity/Meeting/Training/Party rooms.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 2 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

PHASE 2 - STARTING IN MARCH 2017

23rd MARCH 2017

Phase 2 of the £8m capital investment to refurbish Bath Sports & Leisure Centre is now underway to create a new Leisure offering. The next steps over the coming weeks will include…

  • Demolition works in various locations to open out the space and facilitate new stairwells and access routes.
  • Plant installation for various services.
  • Mezzanine added to old Squash Court 1 to create pre Trampoline briefing and preparation areas.
  • Build new Leisure Reception and Diner Kitchen and servery.
  • Prepare “shell” for the installation of the Bowling lanes and equipment along with the Trampoline park structure and Soft play facility.
  • Create walkways and corridors to these areas.
  • Creation of Activity/Meeting/Training/Party rooms in the old Bowls hall.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 2 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

During this time we also ask that customers remain aware of the works when in and around the centre.

PHASE 1 - PROGRESS UPDATES

UPDATE 011 - 23rd MARCH 2017

Works to complete Phase 1 of the centre refurbishments started on Monday 4th July and are now almost complete. To date we completed the following steps.

  • Building structure supports in the under cover car park area.
  • Installation of steel supports in the old Sports Hall to facilitate the new mezzanine floor which has also been installed.
  • Installation of air handling units to and air condioning to serve the new Gym and Studio areas.
  • Walls between Bowling area, Gym and Studios and the Sports Hall created
  • New Gym and Studios open with equipment and services installed.
  • Sports Hall open with new LED lighting installed, floor sanded relined and sealed and the Walls repainted.

Phase 2 begins now and the next steps over the coming weeks will include…

  • Demolition works in various locations to open out the space and facilitate new stairwells and access routes.
  • Plant installation for various services.
  • Mezzanine added to old Squash Court 1 to create pre Trampoline briefing and preparation areas.
  • Build new Leisure Reception and Diner Kitchen and servery.
  • Prepare “shell” for the installation of the Bowling lanes and equipment along with the Trampoline park structure and Soft play facility.
  • Create walkways and corridors to these areas.
  • Creation of Activity/Meeting/Training/Party rooms in the old Bowls hall.

We are aware that there are some items that have been picked up as part of the Phase 1 snagging and we shall continue to address items to improve service in a timely manner.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 2 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

During this time we also ask that customers remain aware of the works when in and around the centre.

 

UPDATE 010 - 22nd FEBRUARY 2017

The new Health & Fitness offering which is part of the capital investment into the full refurbishment at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre is due to re-open in March 2017.

After serval months of construction and with a temporary Fitness Class Timetable in place, the new Studios will be handed over to Better Bath Sports & Leisure Centre on Wednesday 22nd February 2017.

Between the 22nd Feb to the 5th March:

  • All fitness classes currently taking place within the Bowls Hall will be moving into the new Studio 1
  • Group Cycle fitness classes moving into the new Studio 2 as from Monday 28th February untill then this class will remain in the Bowls Hall, from the 5th March they will be taking place within the current gym space.
  • All fitness classes that currently use the Ricoh Suite will remain using this through up until the 5th March when they will then move across into the new Studio 2.

A new Fitness Class Programme is in place and will take effect from Monday 6th March.

It will see the return of several classes which were removed during the relocation of the studios, with several new additional classes such as Core Stability with Charlie Babb and Extreme Interval Fitness with Emma Isaac.

Plus the launch of our new Gym Based Functional fitness classes which will be utilising the latest and newest gym equipment and will be led by one of our motivating Fitness Instructors!

On Thursday 2nd March the gym will be closed for the duration of the day as we begin the transfer of equipment from our current gym into the new gym.

We will re-open on Friday 3rd March however our gym contractor will continue the equipment install so there will be a reduction in kit available.

We expect that installation will complete at 6pm on Friday 3rd March, and the gym will be fully available for customer use after this time. Please be aware that the finish time is variable.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customer base whom has continued to show their commitment to their training by continuing to attend our fitness classes in the temporary locations and with a temporary programme. We look forward to the opening of the new Health & Fitness Facilities.

 

UPDATE 009 - 23rd JANUARY 2017

On Monday 23rd January the Sports Hall at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre reopened and welcomed its first returning customers after six months of closure following a significant refurbishment as part of Bath Sports & Leisure Centre Refurbishment Project.

In conjunction with Sport England, the investment saw a complete decoration of the 4 courts, new LED lighting installed and the playing surfaces improved. Later works will see new equipment purchased such as Badminton posts & nets, Basketball Hoops & new Tennis Tables.

As well as the existing sports that have featured within the Sports Hall over the years including Badminton, Table Tennis, Basketball to name a few, we are thrilled to announce that we have installed a designated Boccia Court after working closely with BANES Council and Boccia England.

Barnaby Rich, Bath Sports & Leisure Centre General Manager “We are incredibly grateful to Sport England for assisting with this refurbishment along with our loyal customers and block bookers whom have moved around the partnership during this period to continue playing, but we are thrilled to reopen this facility today.”

 

UPDATE 008 - 13th JANUARY 2017

  • Installation of various plant and equipment to facilitate various areas
  • Demolition to create a hole in the floor of Squash Court 1 allowing for a new access point to the current Bowls Hall area.
  • Works to encase car park support steels in concrete and install rubber protection to the corners to protect vehicles.
  • Sand, seal, reline Sport Hall flooring
  • Open the Sports Hall to customers
  • Separation walls to create Gym and Studio spaces
  • Air Handling, Power and date installed into Gym and Fitness Studio Spaces.
  • Decorate and install new equipment for Gym and Fitness Studio spaces

 

UPDATE 007 - 12th DECEMBER 2016

  • Jumbo stud wall installed at mezzanine floor level to separate Sports Hall, new Fitness Studios and Gym.
  • Installation of various plant and equipment to facilitate various areas
  • Demolition to create a hole in the floor of Squash Court 1 allowing for a new access point to the current Bowls Hall area.
  • Works to encase car park support steels in concrete and install rubber protection to the corners to protect vehicles.
  • Sand, seal, reline Sport Hall flooring
  • Repaint Sports Hall walls and reinstall sporting equipment such as Basket ball rigs.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 1 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

During this time we also ask that customers remain aware of the works when in and around the centre.

 

UPDATE 006 - 28th OCTOBER 2016

We are pleased to annouce that the Car Park at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre and North Parade Road have re-opened this week.

You can now gain access to the Sports Centre via Pultney Road once agian.

 

UPDATE 005 - 14th OCTOBER 2016

We are pleased to confirm that the next phase of the £8 Million refurbishment which will see the arrival of new and exciting leisure products at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre is due to commence at the end of October 2016.

As we commence this next phase, we need to make you aware of a few facility closures:

Zany Zone - As of Sunday 30th October 2016 the Zany Zone will be closed for work to start on the brand-new softplay facility which will replace Zany Zone.

We look forward to opening the new leisure facility along with the brand-new Trampoline park and Bowling lanes in the Summer of 2017.

Fitness Studios - From Monday 31st October our studios will be closing. As a result the current Fitness Class Programme will be reduced as we attempt to relocate as many classes as possible into the Bowls Hall or Bath Rugby’s Ricoh Suite next to our Gym.

To avoid a complete cancellation of our fitness classes, we hope these new locations will suffice during this time. However, owing to the availability of the Bath Rugby’s Ricoh Suite we have had to reduce the amount of classes available Thursday through to Sunday, with a handful of changes to some classes between Monday-Wednesday. Please check the website timetable for all updates

We do apologise for any inconvenience this will cause to your training, however we look forward to introducing the new-look Health & Fitness studios in early 2017. Once the new fitness studios open we will look to re-introduce those cancelled classes along with adding in new and exciting fitness classes.

Squash Courts - Bath Sports and Leisure Centre will be closing its Squash Courts indefinitely from Monday 31st October 2016. The final booking date will be Sunday 30th October.

We will continue to offer squash facilities at both at Keynsham Leisure Centre and Chew Valley Sports Centre respectively.

Alternatively the following facilities offer Squash Courts in Bath.

We would like to thank you for your custom over the years! On behalf of the whole team, Bath Sports and Leisure Centre apologise for any inconvenience this closure will cause but look forward to inviting you back next year to our new and exciting Leisure Centre!

 

UPDATE 004 - 12th OCTOBER 2016

To date we have started and/or completed the following steps.

  • Reinforced the structure of the building in the undercroft car park.
  • Demolished the Sports Hall balcony / Break Out Zone and some balustrade walls in the old Upper Sports Hall
  • Stripped out FS3 ceiling services and cut to large holes into the concrete slab creating a space to build through a play structure to form part of the new Soft Play facility.
  • Stripped out Sports Hall space of all fixtures and fittings and lifted sports hall flooring for the new 10 Pin Bowling alleys
  • Removal of staircases to both Sports Hall and Squash galleries.

The next steps over the coming weeks will be to…

  • Installation of steel supports in the old sports hall to facilitate the new mezzanine floor and build a separating wall between the old sports hall and remaining sports hall space
  • Closure of entire dry end of the facility (Squash Courts/Zany Zone/Studios - other than Bowls hall for strip out of current facilities and demolition of walls etc…
  • Removal of staircase to the Bowls Hall
  • Squash Court 1 closure to facilitate a hole to be created that will form the new access to the current Bowls hall area.
  • Works to encase car park support steels in concrete and install rubber protection to the corners to protect vehicles.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 1 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

During this time we also ask that customers remain aware of the works when in and around the centre.

We have improved the walkway for customers to travel between the Reception, the rear car park and ramp access to the “dry” end of the facility and we ask our customers to use this for their own safety whilst remaining vigilant for traffic.

 

UPDATE 003 - 22nd SEPTEMBER 2016

Works to complete Phase 1 of the centre refurbishments started on Monday 4th July. To date we have started and/or completed the following steps.

  • Rerouted services - Electricity and water - to the “Dry” end of the building.
  • Stripped out the Glass Corridor ceiling and demolished the Sports Hall balcony / Break Out Zone.
  • Stripped out FS3 ceiling services and cut two large holes into the concrete slab creating a space to build through a play structure to form part of the new Soft Play facility.
  • Piling works in the under croft car park have been completed as step one of the structural reinforcement required before we can build the mezzanine floor over the near half Sports Hall.
  • Removal of old light fittings in the sports hall ceiling.
  • Blocked up the Squash Gallery to separate this area of the site.
  • Removal of staircases to both Sports Hall and Squash galleries.

The next steps over the coming weeks will be to…

  • Lift the old Sports hall flooring where the 10 pin bowling will sit.
  • Installation of steel supports in undercroft car park.
  • Steels for the mezzanine supports to be delivered.
  • Removal of staircase to the Bowls Hall
  • Squash Court 1 closure to facilitate a hole to be created that will form the new access to the current Bowls hall area.

Project meetings are ongoing and we are working hard to ensure Phase 1 is delivered on time, on budget, and to the highest standard whilst minimising impact of the users.

During this time we also ask that customers remain aware of the works when in and around the centre.

We have improved the walkway for customers to travel between the Reception, the rear car park and ramp access to the “dry” end of the facility and we ask our customers to use this for their own safety whilst remaining vigilant for traffic.

Please note: Friday 7th October and Thursday 20th October Bath Rugby will be holding a home fixture, and due to the ongoing works at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre, we are recommending that customers find alterative parking arrangements and look to use public transport. We expect serious disruptions to our car park.

 

UPDATE 002 - 9th SEPTEMBER 2016

Works are progressing at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre with the demolition work to make way for the new 8 lane bowling alley, sports hall and soft play well in the advance stages.

What was the breakout zone balcony by the gym has since been removed as has the corridor leading to the soft play from reception. The upper sports hall has seen walls removed and the floor beginning to come up to make way for the new two storey soft play feature.

Support work in the public car park is ongoing, with the initial concrete being filled into the new foundations this week.

Public parking has now moved onto the tennis courts and tickets can be purchased at reception for £2 for 2hrs or £1 for 1 hr of parking. Parking is available Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 10pm. Saturday's 6:30am to 6pm and Sunday's 1pm to 8pm.

Please note: Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th September Bath Rugby will be holding a home fixture, and due to the ongoing works at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre, we are recommending that customers find alterative parking arrangements and look to use public transport as we expect serious disruptions to our car park.

 

UPDATE 001 - 19th AUGUST 2016

Work has begun on time for the £8 million investment to Bath Sports & Leisure.

The initial works have all been based on the Car Park, ensuring that the foundations are strong enough to support the mezzanine flooring which will hold the new Health & Fitness offering. These are expected to last the full ten weeks as originally planned.

Looking ahead to the week commencing 22nd August, works will move inside when we see the removal of the Breakout Zone flooring, punching a hole through Studio 3 roofing to support the new Soft Play Feature and then the stairwell leading to the Squash Court Gallery being removed.

With these works, we are expecting there to be a lot of noise as they begin to remove floor/roofing. As a result, we have decided to relocate all fitness classes on Tuesdays-Fridays based in Studio 2 into the Bowls Hall.

Sadly as a result of losing Studio 3, our popular Extreme Interval Fitness Classes in the evening have been removed from the programme as we simply have no available rooms.

The temporary car parking on the outdoor tennis courts now have the option of an hour usage as well as two hour usage. Customer’s can pay for this parking at the reception.

PHASE 1 - STARTING IN JULY 2016

13th MAY 2016

The refurbishment of Bath Sports and Leisure Centre will be carried out in phases so that as many facilities as possible can remain open.

Phase one of the work includes refurbishing the sports hall and adding a new mezzanine floor. This will create a new 800 metre health and fitness area which will accommodate two studios, a functional training area, cardio equipment, resistance equipment and a free weight area.

During these works, the existing sports hall will be closed, with the brand new sports hall aiming to be fully operational by October 2016.

During the sports hall closure we do have some availability at Culverhay, Keynsham and Chew Valley Leisure Centres as well as Odd Down Sports Ground (for football bookings).

Any groups interested in using these centres should contact the centres directly via phone or email. We will be marking up 4 badminton courts in the Bath Pavilion and these will be offered out to block bookings.

Due to existing bookings we are only able to offer day time usage Monday - Friday (9.30am – 2.30pm) and Wednesday evenings (4.30pm – 10.30pm).

There will be a closure of the Breakout Functional Area of the Health and Fitness facilities during this phase of works however the existing gym and studios will be unaffected  until the new facilities are available which we anticipate will be January 2017.

Some structural work will be required which will mean the underground car park will be closed from the 18th July 2016 for up to 10 weeks.

BETTER LEISURE FACILITIES FOR BATH

21st MARCH 2016

People are invited to find out more about an £8 million overhaul of Bath Sports and Leisure Centre which will see it transformed into a modern and dynamic centre, aimed at motivating more people to get more active more often.

Bath & North East Somerset Council, working in partnership with charitable social enterprise GLL, which operates the Council’s leisure centres under the Better brand, is holding an open event at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre on Wednesday 23 March (2pm-8pm) where people can learn more about the refurbishment plans. The purpose of the engagement afternoon is to give users the opportunity to find out more about the proposals

Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North), Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The aim of the refurbishment is to ensure we have great facilities that encourage a lot more people to get active, particularly those who don’t currently use the leisure centre. It will be a place for the local community to be proud of and, with something for everyone, it will be a fantastic environment for getting fitter and healthier whilst having fun.

“We are very keen to get more people involved in sport and physical activity – especially families, young people, older people and those who are overweight. To do that, our facilities need to be modern and welcoming and able to engage the greatest number of people. We particularly want to encourage people who don’t currently do any physical activity at all to take it up regularly, helping to reduce the health inequalities that exist within the district. Whilst other councils are having to close their leisure centres, our plans will give Bath Sports and Leisure Centre a sustainable future to ensure residents can continue to benefit from public leisure services for years to come.”

The extensive programme of repairs, upgrades and new additions is set to create a building and facilities that will be a pleasure to use and a real asset to the community long into the future.

The current proposals include:

  • A new teaching and leisure pool
  • Transformation of the beach area of the fun pool into an interactive water-play area for children of all ages and abilities
  • New and improved changing spaces
  • An enhanced fitness suite
  • New double-storey soft play attraction
  • New studio space and party rooms
  • A trampoline park – wall-to-wall trampolines that are all connected together and have sides made up of angled trampolines to create one huge park where you can literally bounce off the walls
  • 8-lane ten-pin bowling
  • A remodelled reception space to create a more open-plan feel with better views of the pool

To make sure that local people can reap all the benefits of physical activity – including making a positive difference to their physical and mental health and their overall wellbeing, Bath & North East Somerset Council, along with GLL, are investing £17 million in improving local leisure centres and creating new leisure facilities. The investment has already seen a revamp of Culverhay Sports Centre, which now has a new dance studio, functional training spaces and new equipment.

The next phase is the upcoming refurbishment of Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, and improved leisure centre facilities are planned for Keynsham, to include a sports hall, swimming pool, fitness suite and studio space. Public engagement for Keynsham is planned in the coming months.

The refurbishment of Bath Sports and Leisure Centre starts in May, with all the work carried out in phases so that it can remain open. If any facilities are temporarily out of action during the work, the Centre will do all it can to provide them at an alternative venue.

The plans involve the removal of squash courts from Bath Sports and Leisure Centre. The level of provision of squash courts in other locations will still be in line with the national average and the Council and GLL are liaising with local squash clubs to discuss options such as subsidised memberships for the period of transition along with new opportunities for “pay and play” sessions. Suggestions include local clubs supporting the transition process by offering reduced price memberships, which has been favourably received.