Mid Sussex leisure centres set for multi-million pound investment

PR2052/SH/MF - 13/07/2016

Mid Sussex District Council and Places for People Leisure have announced they are set to invest £3.1 million on new facilities at The Dolphin, Kings Centre and The Triangle leisure centres.

At a Cabinet meeting on Monday 11 July, Mid Sussex District Council approved funding of £1.2 million towards the project and this will be added to £1.9 million provided by the Council’s leisure management partner Places for People Leisure.

Places for People Leisure took over the management of the three Mid Sussex leisure centres in 2014 and the improvements they have made has seen a rise in customer satisfaction and significant increase in the number of people using the leisure centres.

“We’re investing £1.2 million now because we want to carry on the momentum we created in 2014 and continue to improve the quality and range of activities at our centres,” said Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Cabinet Member for Finance and Service Delivery. “This is a significant financial investment for a Council the size of Mid Sussex and it shows our commitment to providing first class services for our residents.”

Councillor Pru Moore, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Sustainability added:

“It’s great so many people are being attracted to our leisure centres but this means some of our most popular activities are becoming full at peak times. We want everybody in Mid Sussex to be able to enjoy high quality leisure facilities so these latest improvements aim to free up more space, accommodate more people and create a better experience for all leisure centre users.”

The biggest investment will be at The Triangle leisure centre, which has seen a 60% increase in gym attendance since 2014. A larger, purpose built gym will be created on the first floor to accommodate extra fitness and weight training machines. By moving the gym upstairs, there will be more space created downstairs for group exercise classes. A brand new climbing facility will be installed to replace two of the four existing squash courts and there will be a new open plan café area.

The member’s changing room areas at both The Triangle and The Dolphin will be significantly improved and will benefit from new banks of lockers and better shower facilities.

The Kings Centre in East Grinstead benefitted most from the improvements in 2014, with the creation of a bigger gym with brand new equipment, better changing facilities and a new café area. The latest investment will build on this work by upgrading the floor of the swimming pool changing rooms and installing brand new toilets near reception. Chris Markham, Mid Sussex Contracts Manager for Places for People Leisure said:

“Places for People Leisure is committed to providing active places for healthy people and these developments will enhance the opportunities for people in Mid Sussex to make even further use of their local leisure facilities.”

Work on the new gym at The Triangle is expected to start at the end of the summer and the majority of the improvement works are scheduled to be completed by early 2017.