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Telford leisure centre to close for two weeks for £250,000 refurbishment

A cool quarter of a million pounds is being pumped into the refurbishment of a sports and leisure centre in Telford.

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Abraham Darby Sports & Leisure Centre

The £250,000 refurbishment of Abraham Darby Sports and Leisure Centre next month will include upgrades to its Aspirations gym and a brand new cycling studio.

The centre will be closed between Monday, November 14 and Tuesday November 29. Customers will be contacted directly about changes to their payments during this time.

Councillor Kelly Middleton, cabinet member for leisure, public health and well-being, equalities and partnerships said: “We are on the side of our residents, and this is our second leisure centre to receive upgrades so far this year.

"We know these facilities play a vital role in contributing to people’s physical and mental wellbeing and this is why we will continue to invest in our gyms and swimming pools.

"It is essential that they are not only great places for our residents to keep fit and healthy - but that we offer customers the latest fitness equipment to enhance their leisure experience.”

The gym refurbishment will see brand new state-of-the art gym kit installed from Pulse Fitness.

New equipment includes 26 cardio stations complete with treadmills, elliptical cross trainers, stepmills and Ski ergs. There will also be 17 fixed resistance stations and larger free weights area to include a smith machine.

A brand new cycling studio is also being built complete with 15 bikes to enhance the cycling classes offer at the centre.

As part of the refurbishment work Abraham Darby Sports and Leisure Centre swimming pool will also close for three weeks from Monday November 14 and Monday December 5, due to structural work being undertaken around the pool promenade.

The investment comes as a part of the council’s wider commitment for leisure services which was announced last year to help make the borough cleaner, greener, safer and more enjoyable.

The centre currently sees around 15,000 customers walk through its doors each week to make use of onsite gym, swim, fitness and sports facilities onsite.

Andrea Oliver, national sales manager at Pulse Fitness said: “We are incredibly excited to have been chosen to work alongside Telford & Wrekin Council as their fitness equipment supplier.

“The opportunity to work on this proposal with the team at Telford & Wrekin has been a great pleasure and we are truly excited to see the outcomes across all their fitness sites.

“We will be providing our Premium ranges of cardio and strength equipment along with bespoke equipment and will also be working closely with the team to ensure their sites are state of the art and their members have an incredible fitness experience.”

The council says customers can use any other aspirations centres in Telford and Wrekin during this time with their nearest centre being Lawley and Horsehay Village Golf and Fitness Centre.

Fitness classes (except for indoor cycling and aquafit classes) will remain open during the refurbishment.