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Woodford Leisure Centre prepares for 6 million pound extension - 06/09/2016
One of Hull's much-loved leisure centres is preparing to close its doors ahead of a multi-million pound refurbishment and extension.

Woodford Leisure Centre will close on Friday 30 September for work to begin on the extension that includes a brand new 25 metre six-lane swimming pool and learner pool, as well as improved changing facilities.

Additional plans also include new sauna and steam facilities, a caf located at the new entrance and enhanced parking facilities. The installation of new environmental technologies will also look to reduce longer term operating costs.

Users of the centre are being encouraged to use alternative council facilities during the closure, including a new gym that has doubled in size at Ennerdale due to open this week, as well as gym facilities at Costello Stadium. Alternative swim facilities are available at Ennerdale, East Hull Baths and Beverley Road Baths.

Hull Culture and Leisure has been working closely with existing sports and activity clubs currently using Woodford to find alternative accommodation for them with the majority already arranged.

City Manager for Major Projects, Garry Taylor said:

"Following extensive consultation with users of Woodford, local residents and visitors to 2015's summer engagement roadshows, the new facilities at Woodford have been designed to reflect their views.

"The investment into Woodford will secure its long-term future as a top swimming and leisure facility and put it up amongst some of the best in the region, providing a top-class offer to the people of Hull."

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure said:

"While Woodford is closed for major improvement work we are keen to ensure continuity in the council's leisure offer. The city's other leisure facilities ran by Hull Culture and Leisure are fantastic and the extension of Ennerdale's fitness suite is very welcome.

"This is a very exciting time for the leisure service and the icing on the cake will be the newly extended pool at Woodford. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this project progress over the next year and would like to thank users and staff for their support and co-operation during this time.

Work will commence on the centre mid-October once a decant of equipment has taken place, with the project expected to complete early 2018.

Users of Woodford and other council leisure centres that have questions about the closure are asked to speak to staff at the centre on 01482 331 322.

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