Popular leisure centre to expand with new soft play area and gym equipment in major refurbishment

-Credit: (Image: Everyone Active)
-Credit: (Image: Everyone Active)


An extended gym, cafe and new squash court is set to be installed as part of a major refurbishment at a leisure centre. Horfield Leisure Centre has received the green light from Bristol City Council to begin works following an application by the centre’s operator, Everyone Active.

The plans include building a new soft play area, extending the existing café, and completing a modern refurbishment throughout. The works come as part of a "significant investment" from both Bristol City Council and Everyone Active.

The extended gym will have new modern equipment and a mezzanine floor, a new immersive studio and separate group cycling studio and new reception area and foyer, with enhanced access control. The leisure centre will have its squash court refurbished, improved changing facilities and toilets and energy saving initiatives throughout the building.

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The brand-new soft play area will be placed in a new 135sq metre extension. There will be a five-metre-high, three-tier play space and a large seating area.

The project is due to be completed in stages, with works to be completed in February 2025. Extension works are currently under way, and the changing rooms will be the first of the facilities to be refurbished, followed by the sports hall, squash court and gym in summer.

Cameron Bate, contract manager for Everyone Active, said: “We are so grateful to Bristol City Council for their investment in Horfield Leisure Centre. This is a fantastic opportunity to give the centre a new lease of life with brand-new facilities and a refreshed look and feel.

“With the refurbishment currently under way, we intend to keep our customers updated every step of the way and hope they are as excited as we are about this project.”

Christina Gray, director for communities and public health at the council, said: “Having access to quality leisure centres supports the health and wellbeing of Bristol’s communities, and our investment at this site will deliver modern top-class facilities that will bring benefits for generations into the future.

“The refurbishments, improvements and expansions to Horfield Leisure Centre that are already underway will enhance what’s on offer to members and the local community, which we hope will encourage more people to make use of the excellent facilities, benefit from meeting up with other members of the local community and improve their health.”

There will be some disruption to services, but they have been planned to be as minimal as possible. The centre will be relocating various classes and activities within the site to avoid the need for closure (although some is expected).

Customers will be updated regularly via Horfield Leisure Centre’s dedicated refurbishment website.