Date posted 26 Oct 2021

Manchester City Council has confirmed the closure date for Manchester Aquatics Centre so that the significant multi-million pound refurbishment of the centre can begin.

The refurbishment scheme has been designed to maintain and grow the centre’s aquatics and health and fitness programmes for the next 20 years. This will include upgrade works to all areas of the centre including:



  • All swimming pools
  • Fitness suites including all gyms and studios
  • Leisure Water
  • Cafe
  • Health Suites
  • Changing Place -accessible changing provision to meet the needs of disabled people

The refurbishment will introduce new digital and sustainable technologies helping to make the centre more energy efficient and to provide a more modern and efficient building in the long term. 

The works will be split into phases to enable a reduced programme of public swimming to continue at all times. During the first phase the training pool will remain open for limited sessions. 

The gyms, studio, health suite, main pool, diving pool and café will close from end of day Friday 26th November 2021 until late spring 2023. 

The reduced programme of public swimming in the Training Pool will be available from Wednesday 8th December 2021 and sessions can be booked via the Better UK app and online at

Our Members are all  being contacted directly with information about their membership during the closure period.

We’ve got a huge range of alternative centres across Manchester that the local community can use during the closure including Sugden Sports Centre, conveniently located just 100m away.

Take a look and click on the centre name to be taken directly to their web page to find out more about what they offer:

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience the closure may cause. 

The refurbishment, once complete, will provide high quality, affordable leisure facilities for Manchester residents to enjoy.

For updates and further details about the Manchester Aquatics Centre project, please visit here.