Work completed on first phase at Blyth Sports Centre

Work to rejuvenate and modernise Blyth Sports Centre has reached the next stage.

Thursday, 6th February 2020, 4:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 4:56 pm
Blyth Valley MP Ian Levy, Coun Peter Jackson and Coun Cath Homer at Blyth Sports Centre.

The first phase of the £5million scheme has been completed with the swimming pool reopening to the public yesterday (Wednesday) following essential improvement and maintenance work.

The spectator area has been given a new lease of life with new flooring and seating, while the changing rooms have been modernised and new windows and lighting installed.

The old pool plant has also been replaced with more energy efficient and environmentally friendly equipment.

In early Spring, work will start on the second phase which will include a new state-of-the-art gym and fitness area, a dedicated cycling studio, a new and improved soft play experience and an extended catering offer.

There will also be a new and improved spa, children’s party areas and two new studios.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “Blyth Sports Centre has required improvement and new facilities for many years.

“This investment is fantastic news for the residents of Blyth and it’s great that the first phase of this work is now complete.

“We are determined to push ahead quickly with the completion of this scheme and we thank customers for their patience while this work has been carried out.”

Council Leader Coun Peter Jackson said: “This exciting project is all part of our County Council’s huge commitment to Blyth.

“This council is fully committed to improving leisure facilities and creating opportunities for people to be active and stay healthy.

“It’s great news that such rapid progress is being made to update and upgrade Blyth Sports Centre and we are well on our way to bringing some fantastic new facilities to the local community.”

Mark Tweedie, chief executive of Active Northumberland, said: “We know how important an active lifestyle is for maintaining good physical and mental health.

“At Active Northumberland we are committed to creating more opportunities for residents to be active and stay healthy by providing great experiences in great places for everyone.

“The revitalisation and refurbishment work that is ongoing at our Blyth facility will give it a fresh contemporary feel and make it a great place to serve the people of Blyth and surrounding areas for another generation.”

The funding for the centre has been financed by Northumberland County Council as part of an ambitious £65million countywide investment programme to upgrade and transform sport and leisure facilities and to enhance the customer experience.

This includes the building of new leisure centres in Berwick, Morpeth and Ponteland and major investment to refurbish and revitalise centres in Blyth and Hexham.