13th September 2016 –
A Paralympic athlete has given his approval to a new £3.5m leisure centre after it was officially opened for business.
The Concordia Leisure Centre has been transformed into a multi-functional community hub, bringing together a range of services and leisure activities.
The facility in Cramlington, Northumberland, has a new indoor cycling studio, luxury spa and the region’s only clip ‘n’ climb facility.
Triple Paralympic champion Stephen Miller MBE, from Cramlington, visited the centre before heading to compete in the Rio Paralympics.
He tweeted: “Thanks to Active Northumberland for use of their leisure facilities – especially loving the new spa at Concordia.”
Councillor Val Tyler, Northumberland County Council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, unveiled a commemorative plaque as the centre was officially opened on Friday.
“It gives me great pleasure to be able to officially reopen the leisure centre, which represents a major investment for the town. It is part of a programme of investment in leisure services which adds up to more than £40m across the county. The work has made a huge difference inside the centre creating a more modern look and feel and it will be a real asset to Cramlington for many years to come.”
Other improvements made to the centre include revamping the cafe, a new class studio and reception area.
The town’s library services have also been moved into the centre, providing a one-stop shop for council services.
The redevelopment was funded by the council and Active Northumberland – a charity that runs libraries and leisure centres across the county.
Lorraine Dewison, Active Northumberland’s chief executive, said: “Supporting people’s health, happiness, and wellbeing is a key priority for the county council.
“That’s why we are investing so heavily in leisure services and why we are so excited to be able to launch Concordia for people and visitors to Cramlington. The new look centre gives people every opportunity to get active and enjoy one of the most modern leisure facilities in Northumberland. I am sure that local people will come to appreciate what we are striving to achieve and will take great pleasure from the facilities on offer at the centre.”