Eastern Leisure Centre is currently undergoing an extensive £6.5 million refurbishment.
Work began in April and will be completed Spring 2016. Kier Construction is the main contractor on this Cardiff Council Leisure Services run project. Kier have appointed Stride Treglown to provide lead design architectural services, with Bingham Hall Partnership providing the civil and structural design and Troup Bywaters and Anders to provide mechanical and electrical design.
The Centre is a very popular facility, with 250,000 users last year, but it was in urgent need of modernisation. Lounge areas were no longer popular and aging facilities meant that the Centre could not compete with others in the area. The plans received strong support from the local community and councillors.
Stride Treglown has redesigned the facility and main features of the revitalised leisure centre will include an open reception area; a licensed café and juice bar overlooking the refurbished, deck-level swimming-pool; revamped village-style changing rooms; new crèche facilities and greatly improved gym facilities with over 70 fitness stations, a new purpose-built dance studio and a new spin room. Users will also benefit from the upgrading of the current outdoor five-a-side area with an improved surface.
Externally, the building will benefit from a newly revamped entrance facade comprising double glazed curtain walling with colourful rain screen infill panels providing the relief. The roof coverings will be completely replaced and 160sq.m of solar thermal vacuum tubes will be provided to provide hot water to the showers and the pool.
The works also include a new vehicular entrance from Llanrumney Avenue, a new car park with improved lighting and a new landscaped entrance plaza.