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New Workington Leisure Centre and Pool is revealed

4 April 2014

This is how the new Workington leisure centre and swimming pool will look if planners give the scheme the go ahead.

New leisure centre front

A detailed planning application is due to be submitted to Allerdale Borough Council’s development control department on Monday 14 April 2014. The plans will go on show to the public at two open events next week:

  • Wednesday 9 April - 11am to 4pm - the former JJB store, Washington Square, Workington
  • Thursday 10 April - 3pm to 8pm – Workington Leisure Centre, Moorclose

The proposed leisure centre design features wide expanses of wood, render and glass, giving a bright modern space for people to exercise and play. If planning approval is granted, work is due to begin on the new leisure centre this year. It will be built on land at Brow Top, in the town centre.

Most of the 1,645 people who participated in a public consultation last year favoured the Brow Top site, and 46% of respondents also said their preferred scheme would include a family entertainment complex to be built alongside the sports and leisure facilities. Private investment is now being sought to fund the building of the family entertainment complex.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member for Locality Services, said: “We’ve done a huge amount of research into local authority-run leisure facilities across the country and we were determined to design something even more impressive that the people of Workington and the whole district can enjoy. Seeing the final results of all this hard work is a real eye opener – it’s modern, user-friendly, energy efficient and, most of all, it will give residents and visitors a fantastic leisure facility which we hope will attract people from miles around.”

This exciting new leisure attraction will replace the two ageing buildings which house the town’s current swimming pool and sports centre at Moorclose. They date back to the 1970s and are reaching the end of their useful life. They are inefficient both environmentally and in terms of operational costs, and the cost of extending their lifespan for just five additional years would be more than half the cost of building an entirely new centre.


You can see updates and history of the project as well as FAQs.

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