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Pembrey Country Park Celebrates Summer Success

Following a £1.4 million investment in a new visitor centre, function room and café, Carmarthenshire County Council is celebrating a bumper summer at Pembrey Country Park.

“Pembrey Country Park has always been one of Wales’ top visitor attractions but this summer has been extraordinary in terms of the number of visitors and income generated,” explains Neil Thomas Senior Outdoor Recreation Manager. “Over the summer holidays we have experienced a 10 per cent increase in footfall and a 15 per cent uplift in revenue on last year. There is little doubt that our success is due to the improvements we have made to our facilities.

“The natural beauty of the park, with its 500 acres of woodland and eight miles of golden sands has always attracted visitors but we felt we were not supporting the natural beauty with fit for purpose amenities. For example, we offered limited on site catering provision, in particular for the large numbers of guests staying on our caravan site.  We were missing a trick from a customer experience and revenue generation point of venue.”

In 2017, Carmarthenshire County Council tasked Alliance Leisure, via the UK Leisure Framework, to design and build a 400 square foot visitor centre, function room and café. Works got underway in February and were completed in 21 weeks, ready for the summer season.

Neil Thomas, adds: “We took the decision to manage the café in house rather than rent the space to a third party.  This has been a great decision. During July and August we served more than 50,000 customers.

“The function room has also been popular. So far, we have hosted children’s parties, corporate events and even have our first wedding booked for 2020. The space occupies 60 square feet and is extremely versatile, offering direct access to outside, the café and the restrooms.

Gillian Dunster, Business Development Manager at Alliance Leisure, says: “Our brief was to design and build facilities which would enhance the member experience and provide opportunities to generate new incomes, creating a sustainable future for the Park.

“The first two months of operation suggest that working in close partnership with the council, we have delivered on both counts. Pembrey County Park is an area of natural beauty and now provides visitors with the infra structure they need to fully enjoy all the activities on offer from dry slope skiing and crazy golf to adventure play, horse riding, camping and nature trails.”

Phase 2 Starts at Exmouth Leisure Centre

Swimming_1_ELC_News_BlogExmouth Leisure Centre’s phase 2 development is now underway as part of the £800k investment in the facility.  This phase will see the refurbishment of the wet changing areas and is part-funded by £180k from Sport England and £180k from East Devon District Council.  LED Leisure Management Ltd are providing the remaining funds.

The scheme is due to complete in March 2017.

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NEW FACILITIES OPEN AT BRADLEY STOKE

Work has been completed on phase 2 of the leisure development at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre.  The 850k investment in the centre, operated by Circadian Trust, sees the sports hall converted into 17-wall XHeight climbing centre and large play centre.  As part of the extension the Soho cafe was also refurbished and extended.

Phase 2b now continues and will reveal a new gym to the community at the end of November.

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Work Starts at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre

Work has started today on the £3.6m investment at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre with construction partner Createability. Alliance Leisure were appointed as the development partner for South Gloucestershire Council and Circadian Trust and the Bradley Stoke project will be the first in this partnership.
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The development will include:
– 17-Wall XHeight climbing facility
– Large adventure play
– 12-Station toning suite
– Larger Group Exercise and Multi-Purpose Studios
– Gym Expansion
– Party Rooms
– Additional Parking Spaces
– Refurbished Changing Rooms
– Soho Café Expansion

The project is being phased to minimise disruption to the centre:

Phase 1:
Conversion of 2 squash courts to 2 large studio’s
Refurbishment of the female dry changing rooms
Completes early May 2016
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Phase 2:
Conversion of 2 courts from the 6 court hall to climbing and play
Refurbishment of the male changing rooms
Gym extension
Café extension
Car park expansion
Façade upgrade
Completes October 2016
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Phase 3:
Conversion of existing soft play to toning and 2 party rooms
Refurbishment of existing studio’s
Completes January 2017

Centre Development Given Go Ahead for Torfaen Leisure Trust

cwmbran stadiumTorfaen Leisure Trust is delighted to announce that the development proposals for Cwmbran Stadium leisure centre will be going ahead.  The initial proposals were approved by the Torfaen Leisure Trust Board in January 2014. Since that time a great deal of detailed work has been carried out by the Trust to agree the design and the funding package, the Trust were required to seek the necessary approvals such as submitting a planning application for the 3G pitch.

The Trust Board has approved the appointment of Alliance Leisure as its development partner for the project. Alun Williams Chair of Torfaen Leisure Trust said: “I’m delighted that these exciting proposals for the redevelopment of Cwmbran Stadium are going ahead. The proposals put forward will provide improvements that are both modern and vibrant. We passionately believe that our customer experience should be first class. This is a great opportunity to reward all of our current members for their loyalty and the new facilities will offer a significant attraction to new customers and enable us to grow our business and improve the health and fitness of more people in Torfaen.”

The development project will be delivered in two Phases:

Phase 1: Changing the use of the current 4 Court Sports Hall to create an Indoor Climbing ‘Vertigo’ centre, a large Soft Play area, and a Coffee Shop A new 70 station Fitness Suite with Functional Training Improvements to the current reception area

Phase 2: Convert the current grass pitch into a 3G surface

Lewis Jones, deputy leader of Torfaen council, said: “The delivery of this project supports the council’s decision to form a trust to provide leisure services in Torfaen. These new facilities will help to sustain Cwmbran Stadium in the long term, taking into account changing fitness trends and creating a more contemporary environment for people of all ages to enjoy. Once complete, the new facilities will act as a focal point for community activities and increase levels of physical activity across the county borough.”

Sally Church CEO of Torfaen Leisure explained: “The project for Cwmbran Stadium will help Torfaen Leisure Trust deliver on its three keys aims; To have “More People, More Active More Often”, to support long term sustainability and future investment, and to ensure value for money.”

There are a couple of key messages regarding the project; the Trust are investing despite the current financial climate and significant spending constraints, and the redevelopment improvements will provide wider community benefits such as the opportunity to participate in a wider variety of new activities aimed at the whole community and with particular emphasis on children, young people and families.

Sally Church added “We have to make the best possible use of all our resources. Replacing the current grass centre pitch with a 3G pitch and converting the small sports hall will enable us to meet the demand, we know is there for more and better fitness and sports facilities and we will put the space to the best possible use for the maximum number of customers. The proposed redevelopment will not result in the closure of Cwmbran Stadium.

cwmbran stadium“We will deliver the project in two Phases, Phase 1 will be the internal redevelopment and Phase 2 will be the conversion of the current grass pitch into a 3G pitch. We have been assured by Alliance Leisure that they always work in ‘live’ facilities and its supply team are skilled in maintaining services thus keeping disruption to a minimum. We fully appreciate that some sports hall and centre pitch users will see some disruption but, where possible, we will help current users through the use of accessible, alternative, facilities, for example we are making the current grass pitch available to customers who currently use the 4 Courts Sports Hall for bookings to ensure we that we continue to provide a service, in fact we have gained new bookings as a result of making the grass pitch available throughout the week.

“The Trust will ensure that all customers, residents and other local club, or community groups will be kept up to date on progress with the proposals.”