The brand new £14.5million Bulmershe Leisure Centre will officially open its doors at 6am on Wednesday 22 April – almost 12 weeks earlier than originally planned.
It has taken just under 14 months for Wokingham Borough Council to complete the main construction work. The new leisure centre in Woodley has been built on the site of the former 1970s centre in Woodlands Avenue, which was knocked down in summer 2018. The council’s contractors Pellikaan handed over the building on 28 February and its leisure partner Places Leisure will begin fitting-out the interiors and installing equipment during March.
The new centre includes a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool with movable floor, a bigger gym plus a ‘live well’ (long-term condition) gym, a four-court sports hall, and an additional studio and café. It will benefit the whole community by providing up-to-date, accessible and flexible facilities, as well as preventative health services.
Cllr Michael Firmager, deputy executive member for environment and leisure, said: “We have built a centre that we are really proud of. Residents only have a few more weeks to wait before they can enjoy these fantastic facilities, which will help improve health, wellbeing and quality of life. It will be a community focus for the people of Woodley of all ages and sporting abilities to enjoy, and socialise as well. We have installed a long-term condition gym to support residents with numerous conditions to carry out exercises to support their recovery and help manage their conditions
“Here in the Wokingham Borough we’re significantly investing in our sport and leisure facilities – some £30million. And, I am absolutely thrilled that the new centre will open earlier than expected.”
Tony Penge, contract manager, Places Leisure, Wokingham said: “Places Leisure is delighted to be extending our leisure offer to the residents of Woodley. We have already established a fantastic partnership with Wokingham Borough Council and are very much looking forward to showcasing the new centre to the local community.”
Book on a tour
Ahead of the official opening in April, the borough council is offering residents the chance to take a sneak preview of the centre prior to the fit out. Residents can enjoy a 30 minute tour of the new facilities. These will take place on:
- Thursday 5 March, between 6pm and 9pm
- Saturday 7 March, between 8.30am and 4.30pm
- Sunday 8 March, between 8.30am and 4.30pm
- Saturday 14 March, between 8.30am and 4.30pm
- Sunday 15 March, between 8.30am and 4.30pm
Places must be booked in advance. Anyone interested in joining a tour should visit the council's eventbrite webpage to book a place. to book.
If you are interested in membership at the new Bulmershe Leisure Centre, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.