The £15m lifestyle centre, delivered by Kier Construction, is a modern leisure facility and community hub designed to enhance the health and well-being of the people in the local area, within the new Civic and Cultural Quarter of Crewe.
Crewe Lifestyle Centre replaces several outdated pre-war buildings in the town such as the Flag Lane swimming baths and other old community-focused buildings, which have become costly to run and are no longer fit for purpose.
The new centre, which opened in April, features an eight-lane, 25m competition-standard pool in addition to an adjoining 17m learner pool, along with a multi-purpose, four-court sports hall.
Far more than a fitness facility, the building between Prince Albert Street and Lyon Street, houses several customer-focused council services, including the town’s public library and a community hub where families and residents with special needs can access vital day-care support.
A customer service point also helps residents with queries about other Council services such as housing and council tax enquiries.
The leisure side of the building will be open from 6.30am and swimmers will be able to enjoy a 25 metre, eight-lane swimming pool, while keep-fit enthusiasts can work out in a 100-station gym and fitness suite, containing the very latest in cardiovascular, body strengthening and functional training equipment.
A multi-purpose sports hall can be adapted for a whole range of sports from five-a-side football to indoor bowls, plus special events, exhibitions and functions, even weddings.
With a floor area of 7600m2, Crewe Lifestyle Centre represents a milestone in Cheshire East Council’s campaign to promote healthy living and provide a brand new, state-of-the-art sports and community complex in the heart of the town.
Councillor Janet Clowes, Cabinet member for adult care and integration, said: “This is an inclusive provision for both the able-bodied and people with special needs.
“Our designers, in partnership with service providers and users, have thought of everything that can help people with disabilities to share in all the benefits that this centre can offer.
“Special pool lifts, ceiling tracking and ‘Changing Places’ facilities will enable the most severely disabled to enjoy their visit here.
“Our community hub also has an excellent, well fitted-out sensory room, while the entire building has been designed specifically to be as dementia-friendly as possible.”
The pool, gym and changing rooms occupy one side of the building, which is where Prospec supplied and installed over 200 wet use laminate lockers.
When specifying lockers for this type of environment the specifier needs to pay considerable attention to materials being used and that they are fit for purpose in such a demanding area of the build.
Prospec laminate wet use lockers are incredibly durable, and specifically designed for high traffic public use centres.
Constructed from highly engineered components, aluminium bodies and compact grade doors and end panels, they can withstand the rigours of constant everyday use, hosing down, and will not degrade in the humid and chlorinated atmospheres of pool changing rooms.
Along with the construction of the locker itself, the specifier needs to consider the correct level of security, and therefore a locking system for the centre. The most popular choice for public use centres, and that of Crewe Lifestyle, is the Prospec removable cylinder coin return lock.
This lock offers a medium to high-level of resistance to attacks from experienced thieves, and is suitable for use in both private and public facilities, with reasonable levels of supervision. The added benefit of a coin lock is the dissuasion of locker personalisation. Should this still occur the locks are provided with a masterkey, to allow management access to lockers to remove any goods.
The locks supplied to Crewe Lifestyle Centre are fully adjustable locks in terms of coin size. These were provided to take into account that the last circular pound coin was produced in December 2015 by The Royal Mint. The ‘round pound’ will be replaced in 2017 by a twelve-sided, bi-metallic coin with a number of anti-counterfeit features. The coin is being launched in a bid to reduce the number of fake pound coins in circulation, of which around two million are removed every year.
Providing these has ensured that once the new pound coin is in circulation, there is no disruption for the centre management or to the users of this state-of-the-art new site.
Using a palette of four colours, the lockers provide a modern and bright, yet functional feature to the changing area.
Putting residents first
Speaking about the council’s provision of health and fitness services for the people of Crewe, Councillor Sam Gardner, Cabinet member for leisure and open spaces, adds: “The Council has delivered on its promise to the people of Crewe, providing an outstanding facility that brings so many sports, leisure and community facilities under one roof.
“We believe in investing in the health and lifestyle of our families and individual residents and children, and will continue to do so by upgrading our other centres, such as the Peter Mason Leisure Centre in Congleton where we intend to spend more than £8m on a new swimming pool together with other improvements.
“Our policy is to put our residents first so that they live longer, happier and healthier lives.”