Leisure centre changing rooms to get makeover

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Work gets underway next week on the complete refurbishment of the dry side changing rooms at West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton.

The makeover is part of Erewash Borough Council’s continued commitment to its leisure facilities and will mean a much-improved look for the changing rooms.

As well as providing modern and bright new changing areas with lockers, the work will also improve air circulation and will boost the centre’s ‘green’ performance by reducing water consumption and energy costs with new showers, toilets, LED lighting and heat recovery units.

Showers will be in cubicles and two new accessible wet rooms are also part of the £218,000 refurbishment scheme to give all customers more privacy. Wider doorways will be installed for wheelchair users, while a design for visually contrasting floors and walls will be used to help partially sighted customers navigate around the changing areas.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “This refurbishment will bring the changing rooms right up to date and provide an accessible and modern customer-friendly layout. The work is part of our continued drive to encourage more people to take up sport and make full use of the top class facilities we have on offer at all our leisure centres in Erewash. There will be some disruption during the work, but we will be working hard to keep this to a minimum.”

The project will also see a new accessible toilet provided closer to the sports hall and a lift for customers with disabilities. Work is due to start on Monday (April 18) and will take around ten weeks. Customers will be able to use the poolside changing facilities during the refurbishment.