Claudia hails £1.5m centre revamp

February 01 2018

OLYMPIC gymnast Claudia Fragapane cut the ribbon to relaunch Longwell Green Active Lifestyle Centre after a £1.5m redevelopment.

OLYMPIC gymnast Claudia Fragapane cut the ribbon to relaunch Longwell Green Active Lifestyle Centre after a  £1.5m redevelopment.

The ceremony  took place on January 31. As part of the celebrations, the public were invited to look round the centre and try out the new and refurbished facilities.

These include a new fitness studio, a gym extension with all new equipment, new changing rooms, including disability changing and additional poolside showers.

Significant investment has also been made in other parts of the building, with a  new entrance and lobby to welcome visitors. 

The work was funded by South Gloucestershire Council and carried out by leisure, design and build specialist Createability. 

Lomgwell Green resident Claudia, who won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and competed in the 2016 Olympic Games as well as taking part in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in 2016, said: “This is a fantastic centre for the local community - we’re lucky to have such great facilities on our doorstep. I’ve received so much support throughout my career from the residents of Longwell Green and it gave me great pleasure to open an even bigger and better centre for the residents of South Gloucestershire.”

Mark Crutchley, chief cxecutive of Circadian Trust, which manages and operates the centre in partnership with the council, said: “This has been a substantial project that has taken us almost a year to complete. I would like to thank our customers for being patient throughout the redevelopment process and hope they enjoy the new look centre.”

Cabinet member for Communities and Tourism, Councillor Heather Goddard, said: “This is an exciting and ambitious partnership development that has secured Longwell Green Lifestyle Centre’s position as a destination for the whole community.

“We are delighted to have invested in these new and refurbished facilities, which will continue to make exercise fun and enjoyable in a friendly and modern environment."