Library addition completes revamp at leisure centre

From left, Chris Scurfield, Concordia centre manager, Claire Sanders, JDDK project architect and Dave Barrass of Robertson Construction in front of the regions first Clip n Climb facility at the Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington.

From left, Chris Scurfield, Concordia centre manager, Claire Sanders, JDDK project architect and Dave Barrass of Robertson Construction in front of the regions first Clip n Climb facility at the Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington.

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A revamp for one of Northumberland’s premier leisure facilities is now complete.

Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington is back in business after going through a dramatic transformation over the last 10 months.

Originally built in the 1970s, it is now a multi-million pound health and leisure hub with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities and is also the new home of the library and customer services, which have moved from an adjacent property on Forum Way.

Funded by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland, the re-development includes the modernisation of the gym, new soft play facilities, a Clip ‘n Climb climbing experience, spa facility and a 10-lane bowling alley.

The main reception area recently opened to give leisure centre users full access.

Lorraine Dewison, chief executive of Active Northumberland, said: “This is a smart, modern facility that now offers a wider range of activities and state-of-the-art equipment for both local people and visitors to enjoy.

“It’s been a real pleasure watching the project take shape in recent months and I can’t wait to hear people’s first impressions of the new Concordia.

“Customer services and the library are now getting settled into their new surroundings, which is a newly created space at the front of the building, and we thank our customers for their patience and understanding while the finishing touches are applied. Hopefully this will be completed very soon.”

Other improvements include the creation of a new MyRide indoor cycling studio – complete with 25 Keiser bikes and virtual instructors – as well as a revamped cafe and new class studio.

The foyer and entrance have been remodelled, along with the changing village, bar, catering areas and party rooms.

Coun Val Tyler, the county council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: “The redevelopment of Concordia ticks a number of boxes for the community and the county council.

“As well as improving our leisure offer for the town, the project has allowed us to co-locate some of our services for greater convenience to local people.

“The council is facing £58million of Government cuts over the next four years and we are trying to protect frontline services.

“The leisure centre has been in need of some major investment and I am sure that our residents and visitors will not be disappointed once they’ve visited Concordia and tried out some of our new facilities.”

The project was designed by Newcastle-based architects JDDK Ltd, and built by Robertsons Ltd.