Centre still open as revamp kicks off

An impression of the new ten pin bowling area at Concordia in Cramlington.
An impression of the new ten pin bowling area at Concordia in Cramlington.

Refurbishment is underway at a leisure centre in the county.

Work at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington, began in September and includes the modernisation of the gym, and the provision of a new Clip ‘n Climb activity, soft play facilities and a tenpin bowling alley.

Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council are investing £3.5m in the site to modernise the centre’s facilities and bring new family entertainment and activities into the town.

Colin Winfield, area manager for Active Northumberland, said: “It’s very exciting to see the start of the refurbishment and it is going to increase the variety of activities available and significantly improve the overall offer at Concordia.

“We are sorry about any inconvenience our customers may experience during the modernisation but we have planned the works over three phases to minimise disruption and the centre is open for business as usual.”

In phase 1, the existing sports hall will be divided in two with one half unchanged, housing four courts for badminton and football, while the other will feature a themed four-storey soft play area for children of all ages and the area’s first Clip ‘n Climb.

Phase 2, starting in November, includes work to create a new tenpin bowling alley, refurbished bar, a dedicated spinning studio, a new spa and updates to the dry changing areas and party rooms.

Phase 3, running from March to June 2016, includes improvements to the foyer and entrance, the creation of an additional fitness studio, a revamped catering offer and the relocation of the library.

The spinning studio will be completed in February 2016. The studio will house 25 Keiser bikes on a tiered layout to optimise the use of the space and will be interactive featuring virtual instructors as well as traditional group cycling classes.

Coun Kathy Graham said: “The plans for Concordia mean that a lot of building work has to be done to create a modern new-look centre with enhanced space for sport and activities.

“It is an important investment in Cramlington and features like the new bowling alley and spa will be excellent facilities for both residents and visitors to the town.”

The new spa will feature a sauna, steam room, spa bath, aromatherapy room, heated footspa and monsoon showers.

The refurbishment is part of Active Northumberland and Northumberland County Council plans to improve leisure facilities across the county.