Date set for start of Wentworth Modernisation

The second phase of an exciting £698,000 investment programme to refurbish and revitalise Wentworth Leisure Centre is due to start at the beginning of June.

Work to install a fantastic new multi-functional gym, upgraded changing areas and a newly designed modern reception area will start on Monday June 3.

One of the aims of the refurbishment is to make the new state of the art gym an inspirational space for all members of the community, from those just beginning their exercise journey through to performance athletes competing at the highest level.

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The gym will incorporate a functional training and free weights area, a group Wattbike cycling area, and a group exercise training area plus interactive areas providing sports club, group and individual training opportunities. There will also be cardiovascular and resistance equipment for individual users. Selection-Pro.PNG

The work will take eight weeks and during this period the gym equipment will be relocated into the sports hall to ensure members can continue with their fitness regimes with minimal inconvenience. The gym will, however, need to close temporarily for a very short period between the 1st and 2nd of June in order to relocate the gym equipment into the sports hall, during this period supplementary group based exercise activities will be available for members.

The reception area is also being re-designed to be more interactive and welcoming, the cafe area refreshed  and self service pods will be introduced for those who wish to use them.

Mark Tweedie, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland said:

“ This is a really exciting  scheme which will benefit the residents of Hexham, local schools and all those living in the surrounding communities who use the facilities. The work will  create a fresh, contemporary feel to the centre and the gym will be one of the best equipped in the north east.
Cardio-Area.PNG“ Our customers have been involved during the development of the scheme, explaining their wants and telling us about their preferred equipment. We have since shared the exciting plans with the local community at the recent Hexham Hub event and we received overwhelming positive feedback.”

“ As with all major refurbishment works there will be an element of disruption but we have planned the project carefully to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.  I know our customers will appreciate this fabulous investment into their local leisure centre and the fantastic finished results will be well worth the wait.”

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“ This investment by the council  is a fantastic boost for Hexham and will provide first class exercise facilities and services that will enhance the health and wellbeing of  our local community. ”

The funding for the refurbishment has been financed by Northumberland County Council as part of an ambitious £65 million countywide investment programme to upgrade and transform sport and leisure facilities and to enhance the customer experience. This includes the building of new leisure centres in Berwick, Morpeth and Ponteland and major investment to refurbish and revitalise centres in Blyth and here in Hexham.

Active Northumberland is the leisure trust that manages leisure services across Northumberland  including 15 gyms, 9 swimming pools and an array of specialist services. 
Earlier in the year work took place at Wentworth to create new classrooms and additional studio space in which to house a range of learning opportunities.  Northumberland County Council’s Hexham base for the Learning and Skills Service now operates from the centre creating a community hub integrating leisure, health and education services.

20 May 2019