Phoenix Pool and Gym now open after major 21st century transformation
PHOENIX Pool and Gym opened on Wednesday, September 14 after a £1.9m redevelopment - and residents are invited to tour and try out the state-of-the-art facilities.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council's investment has transformed the once outdated pool into a 21st century community leisure centre for all, boasting a new health and fitness suite in a new extension and a modernised pool hall, which meet local needs in and around Bradwell.
The site opened on Wednesday, September 14, and membership also gives access to four other leisure centres: the Marina Leisure Centre, in Great Yarmouth, Bungay Pool and Gym, Broadland Health & Fitness Centre, in Oulton Broad, and Waterlane Leisure Centre, in Lowestoft.
During opening week of the Phoenix, from September 14, residents were invited to visit during opening hours to be given a tour by staff and find out more about membership and the timetables for swimming and group fitness classes, which can now be viewed online at Phoenix Leisure Centre
And on the open weekend - Saturday, September 17 to Sunday, September 18 - nearly 1,000 residents visited to try the facilities and services, and enjoy free taster sessions.
Developed in partnership with centre operator Sentinel Leisure Trust and strategic leisure partner Pulse, Phoenix Pool and Gym boasts a refurbished pool hall, improved spectator seating, improved swim school, new thermal spa pool-side offering, new changing areas, new reception/entrance area and new online sign-up and class booking services.
The centre also has a new 60-station fitness suite, featuring the latest cardiovascular equipment along with resistance kit and a functional training area, plus a new multi-functional group fitness studio, which will have a great range of group fitness classes each week for members to enjoy.
The borough council's initial £1.9m investment will further boost sport, health and fitness facilities, activities and opportunities available locally, and will also help to reduce the subsidy cost of the council's leisure centres.
Cllr Penny Carpenter, chair of the housing and neighbourhoods committee, and deputy council leader, said: "This 21st century redevelopment by the borough council is a great boost for local sport and fitness opportunities and I encourage everyone, including families, to visit, try the new state-of-the-art facilities, and find out more about what's on offer. The Phoenix is based within the community and it's for the community, so please make sure you take full advantage of it."
Cllr Carl Smith, chair of the environment committee, said: "I've been involved with this project from the start and I'm absolutely thrilled with the way the borough council has completely transformed the Phoenix to meet the modern needs of people in and around Bradwell. The transformation is amazing."
Stuart Everett, managing director of Sentinel Leisure Trust, said: "The council's forward-thinking and innovative solution to leisure has seen this great opportunity to invest in its leisure facilities whilst reducing the cost of delivering them and Sentinel are proud to be part of the partnership involved.
"The new facilities will truly offer something not yet seen in the area as well as new jobs and opportunities for local people."
Aron Nassim, director of projects for Pulse Fitness, said: "Phoenix Pool and Gym will be a 21st century facility, bringing modern health and fitness facilities and services to the local communities and raising the bar in standards. The fitness suite will boast Pulse Fitness's latest equipment with online connection for members to connect with others, use social media and even shop online whilst working out.
"The new thermal health suite will add a nice 'spice' to the health and fitness centre, providing the much-needed mental relaxation required too. This has been a great project for the area and Pulse Fitness look forward to continuing to work with the council and Sentinel to improve leisure within the borough."
The centre's opening times are 6.30am to 10pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 6pm at weekends. To find out more about Phoenix Pool and Gym, visit the Sentinel team at reception from September 14 or go online - Phoenix LC Phoenix facebook @SwimPhoenixPool hashtag #phoenixopens