Centre set to open as £5.9 million refurb completed

The brand-new 25m, 6 lane heated pool with a state-of-the-art retractable roof is ready to open at Ivybridge Leisure Centre. The pool, outside paved area, new wet side changing rooms and poolside sauna and steam rooms complete the build at the much-loved local leisure centre. The centre has already seen a top-of-the-range gym, purpose-built exercise studio, café and other new facilities open to the public.

Alongside the new pool, Fusion Lifestyle, the leading UK sports and leisure charity, have upgraded the squash courts, refurbished the second studio and changing rooms and extended the reception and café areas. The newly completed centre is set to put Ivybridge on the leisure and fitness map with the pool expected to attract visitors from across Devon and beyond, particularly in the warmer months when the roof will glide back to deliver an open-air swimming experience.

Opening to the public on Saturday 1st February 2020, the exciting new facilities look set to make sticking to New Year’s resolutions that little bit easier for the local community. A grand open weekend on 22nd and 23rd February will see existing customers invited in to test out the facilities before an official opening with the Mayor takes place later in February.

The exciting grand opening event will include activities for all the family: the breath-taking reveal of the stunning retractable roof and family pool activities including; Water polo, Splash and Play and Water Bingo taster sessions.

The open weekend will also feature classes in the new gym, with family activities taking centre stage, including family fitness, gym and indoor cycling classes and a ‘Meet the Instructor’ group session to talk through the different classes and facilities on offer.

Peter King, Business Manager at Fusion Lifestyle, said: “The redevelopment of Ivybridge Leisure Centre has been part of a multi-million-pound investment we have carried out across six Devon leisure centres. The changes at Ivybridge are by far the most extensive and we are really exciting to unveil them. We work with lidos and pools across the UK but this is our first with a retractable roof so we hope visitors and members at the centre will really enjoy the flexible fitness and fun that this will bring.”

Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, added: “We’ve been working closely with Fusion throughout the build and can’t wait to officially open the doors to the new swimming pool at Ivybridge Leisure Centre. Making sure the community has fantastic leisure facilities on its doorstep and promoting health and wellbeing is a key part of our role and we believe the newly refurbished centre will deliver this for many years to come.”

To find out more about the centre visit www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/ivybridge-leisure/centre and sign up for a free one-day pass.