Work begins to build the Soft play

We're pleased to announce that work has now begun to build the soft play structure at Clissold Leisure Centre. 

Exciting investments at Clissold Leisure Centre

After a successful refurbishment of the sports hall and gym at Clissold Leisure Centre and following a public consultation, the next phase of improvements have started. 

During this time, there may be a slight disruption with access to some areas of the centre. 


Better Changing Rooms

We're building brand-new changing room for the sports hall, combining the current rooms to create larger male and female changing rooms. The new changing facilities will include shower cubicles, larger toilets and dedicated accessible changing. 

New Group Cycle Studio

The current Group Cycle Studio has been redeveloped to increase capacity for the introduction of our brand-new Elevate group cycle classes. The revamped studio will feature new the latest interactive Technogym features, air conditioning, lighting and a new sound system.

Soft Play

Lastly, the current office block which was previously located upon entrance of Clissold Leisure Centre has now been demolished and work has begun to create a brand-new 4-storey soft play for children to enjoy. As part of this phase of work, we'll be temporarily relocating access to the centre to the exit gates. 

How these changes may effect you

There may be some disruption with accessing the centre at the usual entrance whilst we're repurposing the office block. But don't worry, additional team members will be on hand to help you access the centre as quickly as possible.

Existing Group Cycle classes will be unaffected and remain in the Sports Hall until the new studio is ready, so you can still enjoy a class throughout the works. 

We're here to help!

If you have any questions, our friendly in centre team will be on hand to help you get to where you need to be. 

Soft Play Facilities

For children under 12, the new 4-storey soft play area will include interactive play equipment, party rooms, seating areas for parents and a dedicated toddler area so that children can explore a range of different materials, textures and colours. The theme of our soft play area will be the fantastic Clissold Park.

The new soft play area will replace the current management offices in the reception area. These offices will be relocated into Studio 2, allowing the management team to still be at the heart of the leisure centre. How you access the centre will also change; the current access control will relocate with a temporary reception ensuring access to the centre during these proposed works would remain as smooth as possible. We plan to have the work completed by mid-2024.

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Introducing Elevate Classes

Elevate would see the introduction of a new range of immersive cardio, strength and endurance fitness classes that'll challenge you like never before. Using immersive music, lighting and body tracking devices - no two sessions will be the same. Even better, to allow even more members of the community to elevate their fitness, we're extending the existing group cycle studio from a 35 to 70 capacity studio.

The new Elevate studio, along with 4 new individual changing rooms would replace the current health and fitness changing rooms on level 2. This additional studio will also replace the mezzanine studio which would become the management offices.

Both new studios will feature new lighting and sound systems, along with brand-new air conditioning units. We’d hope to open the new Elevate Group Cycle Studio in late spring 2024 with Elevate HIIT on Level 2 opening in September 2024.

Elevate in action

General facility refurbishment

We will also carry out refurbishments to a range of other facilities within the leisure centre. This includes expanding the dry changing room areas, and installing new modern toilets, showers, vanity units and changing cubicles. The new changing rooms would be relocated to the current basement sports hall changing rooms. This relocation would allow us to combine the current changing rooms, making two much larger male and female changing rooms. We’d aim to open the new changing rooms in late summer 2024. 

Please note the current gym changing rooms would not close until the new changing rooms have been completed.

We are also plan to replace the main entrance doors to Clissold Leisure Centre as well as replacing the flooring throughout the majority of the centre.


Will the leisure centre close during the refurbishment works?

No, the refurbishment will be conducted in phases to minimise the impact on customer activity areas

Studio 2 (Functional Zone) is being lost to office space. Will we get the studio back?

Studio 2 will be converted into the new management office to make way for the new soft play structure. A new studio will be created in place of the old gym changing rooms. This studio will be open to the public for functional training when not in use for classes.

What is Elevate?

Elevate is a fitness class like you've never experienced before. This class is a full body workout which combines cardiovascular training with strength, power and endurance to create a unique session each time.

ELEVATE isn't your average fitness. It's a whole new experience that immerses your senses and pushes your limits. Taught by our qualified instructors, using state-of-the-art equipment, music and lighting - no two sessions will ever feel the same.

Will there be any toilets or changing rooms next to the gym now the male and female changing rooms are being relocated to the basement?

Yes, alongside the new Elevate studio, 4 individual changes will be built. These changing rooms will include changing space and toilets. Each room will be accessible friendly.

Why has Group Cycle been disrupted the most and why is the studio still closed?

We appreciate your patience with the ongoing disruption to Group Cycle classes. It was necessary to make this studio a temporary gym during the main gym refurbishment. Although all classes continue to run as programmed, we appreciate the sports hall does not create the best atmosphere.

The Group Cycle studio will be one of the first areas to under go refurbishment and is proposed to be completed by Early Spring. During this time Group Cycle classes will remain in the Sports Hall.

Can we use another centre while the refurbishment is taking place or will you discount my membership?

No, unlike the gym refurbishment, all activity areas will be available to use. The building works will be taking place behind the scenes.

Some walkways will be unavailable for short durations, however other access to activity areas will be made available.

When will the refurbishment be completed?

The proposed phases are as follows:

Phase 1 – Early Spring 2024

Elevate Cycle (Group Cycle Refurbishment)

Phase 2 – End of Spring 2024

Reception alterations & Soft Play Installation and Mezzanine Flooring

Phase 3 – Beginning of Summer 2024

New Male & Female Changing Rooms, Basement Flooring and Studio 1 Refurbishment

Phase 4 – End of Summer 2024

Elevate HITT Studio & Individual Changing Rooms, Main Entrance Door replacement, 1st floor flooring and general building decoration

When will the poolside changing facilities be upgraded?

Consultation on the poolside changing facilities and refurbishment options will take place towards the end of the year, once these proposed refurbishments are completed.