Watford’s elected Mayor Peter Taylor has marked the first day of the new leisure contract with Everyone Active by visiting Watford Woodside to see the improvement works progressing.
As part of the landmark 15-year contract, which officially began today (Thursday 7 June), Watford will soon be benefiting from upgraded leisure facilities thanks to a multi-million-pound improvement project across the town’s two flagship centres.
Watford Borough Council and Everyone Active are investing £2.17million to significantly improve the facilities on offer at both Watford Woodside and Watford Central Leisure Centres.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We’re lucky in Watford to have two first-class leisure centres. The council is committed to providing quality leisure facilities for the people of Watford. This new contract and the level of funding we are investing will see us delivering the excellent, modern facilities the town wants.
“My aim is to encourage and enable as many people as possible to lead active, healthy lives. This major development of our leisure centres is part of that.”
Karl Miles, area contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We are delighted to be working with the council to deliver these fantastic projects. Both centres are hubs of activity for the local community, and investments like this ensure they continue to meet the needs of customers and allow them to benefit from brilliant facilities and exceptional services.
“The renovation at Watford Woodside will help us to get more people active by offering enhanced spaces with greater capacity to host fun and varied activities. We have worked hard to ensure customers can still access our regular programme of activity during the improvement works, and I look forward to opening up more opportunities for them to get active once the project is completed.”
Work has already begun at Watford Woodside, and is being completed in two phases to minimise disruption to visitors. As part of the first stage, the centre is receiving a relocated, extended main studio to meet the growing demand for group exercise classes.
The changing rooms are also being renovated and a dedicated group cycling studio is being installed. Two squash courts will also benefit from an overhaul, with the installation of new lighting and reconditioned playing surfaces.
Phase one of the project is due to be completed in autumn, when the second phase of works to extend and enhance the gym and toning suite will begin. The gym will receive new, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, while the toning suite will double in size to offer a wealth of new apparatus.
Watford Central will also receive a new group cycling studio, as well as a gym refurbishment and a modern health suite when work begins at the centre in autumn this year.
The development, which is being carried out by contractors, BDC, is due to be fully completed in January 2019.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor lending a hand with works to upgrade Watford Leisure Centre - Woodside