The swimming pools and reception areas at Better, Bath Sports and Leisure Centre are now open following an £8 million refurbishment.

The redevelopment is a partnership between GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, through its customer brand, Better, and Bath & North East Somerset Council. It follows the completion of initial works earlier this year, including refurbishment of the gym and sports hall, as well as the introduction of ten-pin bowling facilities, a Better Extreme trampoline park and two new, purpose-built fitness studios.

The final phase of work included a complete overhaul of swimming facilities at the centre, including the full refurbishment of the main 25-metre pool hall, as well as a brand new teaching pool.

In addition, there is also an increased and improved range of play features in the centre’s leisure pool.

For a streamlined customer experience, visitors will now enter the building via an improved reception area, while members will be able to access the building using a variety of new access technology.


Barnaby Rich, General Manager at Bath Sports and Leisure Centre said: “We are delighted to announce the re-opening of the pools at Better, Bath Sports and Leisure Centre.


This comprehensive refurbishment programme will allow us to provide outstanding, accessible and affordable facilities for the entire community, to get more people, more active, more often.


We recognize that due to a number of unforeseen challenges, delays to this project have inconvenienced our customers and for that we are very sorry. However, we’re confident that the new and improved facilities will have been worth the wait and look forward to welcoming visitors into new pools.”


Cllr Bob Goodman, Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods & Development, said: “These fantastic new leisure facilities are a brilliant addition to the city. We’re already seeing loads of people, especially families, enjoying the new trampoline park and ten-pin bowling alleys; so I know that the improved swimming facilities will be a huge hit too.


We’re really grateful to everyone for bearing with us while we’ve been redeveloping Bath Sports and Leisure Centre to ensure that it’s fit for the future. We look forward to welcoming even more people to get more active more often – from seasoned swimmers lapping up lengths of the main pool, to first-timers dipping their toes in the brand new teaching pool – it’s a great opportunity to take the plunge!”