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Work to bring a new £13million leisure centre to Ingleby Barwick is progressing at a pace. The facility, on the All Saints Academy site, will include swimming pools, a health and fitness suite, gym, library and customer service point.
Why are we building the centre?
Ingleby Barwick has experienced huge growth over the years but lacks local public leisure facilities, particularly local access to a community swimming pool.
The new centre will address that gap in provision and will also be home to a brilliant new library too.
Why did we select the All Saints Academy site?
We wanted a central, accessible location in the heart of the Ingleby Barwick community.
Will I be able to hold swimming galas at the facility?
The pool at Billingham Forum is our preferred location for swimming galas as it is best equipped to host them.
Will I be able to start a swimming club?
The Borough already has four thriving swimming clubs but we would be happy to discuss this further. If you are interested in joining a swimming club, contact Tees Active on 01642 528539 or visit www.teesactive.co.uk.
How many lanes will the pool have?
The pool will have five lanes available for use.
Will there be facilities for people with disabilities?
Yes. There will be 'Changing Places' changing facilities with hoists and also a separate hoist to assist people getting into the pool.
The proposed facility is being built on the staff car park – where will the staff now park?
The staff car park will be relocated on a new car park within the school site.
Where will users of the facility park?
There will be adequate on-site parking for users of the facility.
Will this increase traffic on nearby roads?
A slight increase in traffic is expected but this will be during off peak times.
Who will be running the facility?
The facility will be run by Tees Active Leisure, which already operates three leisure centres in the Borough on behalf of the Council.
When will the centre be open and how much will it cost to use it?
The centre is due to open in summer 2020. Opening hours and charges are yet to be considered but will of course be publicised in advance of it opening.
What will the opening hours be?
The opening hours will be different to the current Library hours. Opening hours will be publicised in advance of the facility opening.
Will the library be staffed at all times or will it be like the Rainbow Centre – open but not always staffed?
The Library will have different opening hours to the Leisure Centre. The foyer will be a designated area for customers to browse, take out and return a mixed genre of books using the self-service facility.
For more information on the new Ingleby Barwick Library, please email: [email protected]