A £500,000 leisure centre revamp will include a new sauna after the old one had to close due to health and safety concerns.
South Derbyshire District Council revealed that a new poolside facility would form part of the transformation now under way at Green Bank Leisure Centre, in Civic Way, Swadlincote.
The previous sauna had to be closed after weightlifters using the gym above were dropping weights and dislodging bricks in the roof of the sauna – forcing users to flee to safety.
The six-month project will also see the creation of a new cycling studio, a refurbished gym, improved fitness changing area, creche and a modernised cafe and reception.
John Lemmon, chairman of housing and community services at the district council, said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to providing the very best leisure services in South Derbyshire.
“We are delighted to be moving forward with these improvements, which will benefit our existing customers – including sports clubs – and inspire, encourage and motivate others to come and have a go.”
The refurbishment has been funded following investment from the district council, Sport England, Derbyshire Sport and Active Nation.
Leisure centre manager Steve Smith said: “It’s great news as these state-of-the-art facilities will help exercise fans to get even more from their visit here.
“We will be increasing the size of the gym, allowing us to house more of the very latest Precor equipment that’s going to help people get more from their workout.”
Work has already begun on the installation of a new state-of-the-art, 30-bike indoor cycling studio.
To cause as little disruption as possible, the gym will remain open as normal and other projects will be phased during the next six months.
More information about the changes is available by calling 01283 216269.