Perdiswell Leisure Centre
Perdiswell Leisure Centre opened in January 2017 after a £10.5 million refurbishment and extension. Located in Worcester and owned by the City Council, the leisure centre is managed by the charitable leisure trust Freedom Leisure who were awarded a 10-year contract to manage all the council’s sport and leisure facilities. The scheme also attracted £2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund with additional funding provided by the Heart of Worcestershire College.
The refurbishment of the leisure centre began in early 2016 and is comprised of a large fitness gym with 110-120 stations, a Spin studio with 25 bikes, a new 8-court sports hall with seats for 100 spectators and three separate fitness studios as well as two teaching rooms and a new entrance.
At the centre of the new refurbishment is the main eight lane 25m x 17m swimming pool with seating for 284 spectators and 118 poolside seats for swimmers. Built by Buckingham Swimming Pools, the pool has a depth of 1-2 metres and is designed to competition standards in order to attract a range of users from casual swimmers to Olympic and Paralympic champions.
As well as the main pool, the pool hall also has an 18m x 10m teaching pool which features a movable floor for increased flexibility for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Adhering to British Standards Requirements, the tiles around both pools have an Anti-Slip coating to keep the areas safe for those using them.
In terms of accessibility, the main contractor Speller Metcalfe Construction and architects Archial Norr worked together to create a leisure centre that is open to all. Disability facilities for the pools include Pool Pod Hoists which were funded by Disability Sport Worcester, to allow those who need them to easily lower themselves into the water with assistance available if needed.
A state of the art changing area, The Changing Village, has single, double and family cubicles including facilities for those with disabilities and those with carers. The Changing Village can house up to 104 users and had 135 lockers available.
Braille information is featured on door signs all throughout the leisure centre and hearing loops are in place to support deaf visitors. Signage also uses a colour-coding system which is designed to help those with dementia.
A Costa café has also been added in the foyer with some seating overlooking the swimming pool, giving simmers a place to eat and drink.