Leadling social enterprise charity North Country Leisure has given a first glimpse of how a £3m investment plan will transform Eldon Leisure in Newcastle.
The Hexham-headquartered leisure charity took over the management of Eldon Leisure Centre, Gosforth Pool and Outer West Pool, having completed an “asset transfer” after Newcastle City Council was no longer able to keep them open.
Now the firm, which also runs a number of leisure centres in Cumbria, is carrying out a raft of improvements at Eldon Leisure, investing £3m to improve fitness facilities and offer a new area for family leisure and entertainment.
The biggest development will be the addition of an eight-lane tenpin bowling centre and cafe, which is expected to open early this summer.
By changing the use of some spaces and reconfiguring others, the company aims to attract more visitors and non-users to the centre whilst also adding to the experiences on offer for existing customers.
The new Eldon Leisure will include three areas dedicated for health and fitness; a large fitness gym with new equipment, a state of the art indoor “Cyclone” cycling studio and a new multi-purpose studio to accommodate a range of classes and activities, enhancing the existing programme.
The remaining spaces in the building will be converted to offer a new hub for family leisure and entertainment, catering for people of all ages and abilities.
For younger children there will also be Jungle Jack’s, an indoor adventure soft play area with a cafe, plus an adventure climbing facility for older children and adults to enjoy.