Babergh District Council - What have we done for you, 2019 - 2022 report

What have we done for you 2022 7 Big investment in our leisure centres Case Study #2 Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury has also been transformed thanks to a major £2.4million revamp. A new extension, with a fully refurbished gym and fitness studios, alongside better changing and toilet facilities were opened in 2020. Babergh District Council and Abbeycroft Leisure made the investment which saw gym capacity increased to 100 stations from 40. There is also improved lighting and décor in the centre. The modernisation programme included money provided through Community Infrastructure Levy fund. Case Study #1 Hadleigh Pool and Leisure enjoyed a £2million investment, resulting in an impressive new 25-metre pool, sauna, improved changing, spectator seating and better disabled access. The state-of-the-art facility, run by the council’s partner Abbeycroft Leisure, has been warmly welcomed by the community since reopening in 2021. Babergh District Council and Abbeycroft’s investment was supported by Hadleigh Town Council (£200,000) and Sport England (£150,000). Some of the design elements involved community input, including the sunshade at the front of the new pool, created by local artist Jo Chapman. Kingfisher Leisure Centre Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Since the investment in our leisure centres, gym and swim academy memberships have risen to more than 4,500, 11% higher than pre-pandemic levels.

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