Moss Side Leisure Centre is to reopen to the public on Wednesday 14 November, following the completion of an £8m project to refurbish the building for local residents.
The leisure centre, which also houses the popular Hulme High Street Library, has benefited from major work to improve its swimming pools, sports halls and squash courts, plus an extension to the existing gym, which has doubled in size.
The programme of work also included the refurbishment of the centre's sauna and steam rooms and changing rooms. It will be the first leisure centre in Manchester to provide a "Pool Pod", allowing independent wheelchair access into the pool, while its new “Changing Places” changing facility will improve accessibility for all users.
The building's electrical and mechanical infrastructure, heating and energy systems and swimming pool circulation and filtration systems have all been replaced - significantly reducing the building’s carbon emissions and improving its energy efficiency.
The list of facilities available for residents’ benefit includes:-
*New extended gym provision, with weights, cardio and strength and conditioning facilities
*Main and smaller swimming pools, plus viewing area
*“Changing Places” accessible changing rooms
*Three squash courts
*Two sports halls
*Community meeting room
*Health suite, including sauna and steam room
The building is also home to Hulme High Street Library, which offers a wide range of books for readers of all ages, computers with internet access and free WiFi for public use.
Executive Member for Schools, Culture and Leisure, Councillor Luthfur Rahman, said: “We’ve made this major investment in Moss Side Leisure Centre to ensure that the building is both significantly enhanced for today’s residents and future-proofed for the next generation.
“We’re committed to ensuring that residents have access to the highest quality leisure facilities - giving them the opportunities they need in order to get active, with all the benefits to physical and mental health this brings.”
Joseph Rham, Regional Director for GLL, said: “We're extremely proud to be reopening the fantastic Moss Side Leisure Centre, in partnership with Manchester City Council, following the £8m investment.
“The new centre will provide great facilities for local residents and will further improve Manchester's network of sports and leisure facilities, which are some of the best in the UK.”
If you swim in our pools, work-out in our gyms, play on our courts, or enjoy a kick-around on our football pitches, then the free MCRActive card is for you. Pop along when the centre reopens and join the many thousands who have already registered for their MCRactive card, saving up to 30% on Pay & Play prices - with no joining or annual fee. Or sign up today at www.mcractive.com.