UPDATE - We are pleased to say the development started on July 3rd and is expected to be completed mid September. Unfortunately during the works, the swimming pool changing rooms will be closed and therefore we ask that you use the dry changing rooms for the swimming pool. Please speak to a member of staff if you are unsure where these are located.
Please also keep checking this website for further updates and photos of the planned development.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works.
Please read the original press release below:
A £450,000 development project to refurbish the existing changing rooms at Kendal Leisure Centre has been given the go ahead this month, with works due to start in Summer 17.
Following feedback from customer consultation carried out in 2016, £300,000 of funding has been secured from Lakes Leisure with an additional £150,000 from South Lakeland District Council to complete the project.
Works will see the existing male and female communal changing rooms converted into a changing village with individual cubicles where families can change together with more space, whilst creating privacy for all customers. All showers will be in individual changing cubicles, with separate male and female toilets. There will also be a designated disabled changing area, baby change area and in response to customer feedback, high quality vanity units and hair dryers. New showers, flooring and ceilings will be installed along with the new addition of a sauna cabin and drench shower to poolside, which customer comments have suggested will be a popular new facility at the centre.
Derek Jones is the South Lakeland Partnership Manager; he said “It’s great so see investment going into the centre and these developments will make the user experience much better. The changing village layout is used in most modern leisure centres now and creates a safer changing environment for customers. This is especially important for families, people with accessibility difficulties and their carers.”
Management of the centre is moving over to GLL, the UK's leading charitable leisure social enterprise, during a merger with previous operators North Country Leisure, which is due to be completed in early 2017. As part of the leisure management contract, GLL will also run Ulverston Leisure Centre and Windermere Outdoor Adventure Centre on behalf of South Lakeland District Council. The changing room project at Kendal Leisure Centre will be the first partnership project between the council and GLL to make improvements to leisure services in the district.
Cllr Chris Hogg Portfolio Holder for Culture and Wellbeing at SLDC said “This is part of our wider strategy to work with our partners to encourage people to live healthier and more active lives. You can’t have a vision without investing in key projects and we hope that the positive impact of the improvements at KLC will be repeated right across South Lakeland.”
The Trustees of Lakes Leisure said, “We are pleased to be able to support such a key scheme to improve facilities for residents in South Lakeland.”
Works will run for 8-10 weeks, with customer information provided during the project. Changing facilities within the locality of the pool will be available throughout the works, with exact details provided nearer the time within the centre, on the centre Facebook page and on the website: www.better.org.uk. Plans of the new changing layout are available to view in the reception area at Kendal Leisure Centre and any feedback is welcomed to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12th March 2017.