Leisure Facilities Investment Strategy

Closed 7 Nov 2021

Opened 17 Sep 2021


Bristol City Council owns nine leisure centres and swimming pools located across Bristol.  The council also helps to fund the City of Bristol Gymnastics Centre, the Bristol Brunel Academy Fitness Suite and eight school leisure facilities that the public can use.

Bristol City Council has prepared a draft Leisure Facilities Investment Strategy, that sets out options for how we propose to invest in the city’s leisure facilities. Our proposed approach is to make improvements across the sites which serve the highest number of users and the areas of greatest deprivation.

In this consultation we are asking for your views on our draft Leisure Facilities Investment Strategy.

We describe why we are proposing investment at some facilities and why we propose to stop operating two other facilities. We ask for your views on this proposed approach. We describe the potential investments we could make at up to three facilities (Easton Leisure Centre, Horfield Leisure Centre, Bristol South Pool) and we ask you for your views on those. 

  • Investment option 1: Easton Leisure Centre. Redesign within the current building footprint, with changes affecting the sports hall, gym and reception areas only. There would be no increase in the size of the current pool area.  This option would provide a new and larger health and fitness suite, including a dedicated female-only area, and a reduction from a four-court sports hall to three courts.  The ground floor would allow for additional flexible space for community use.
  • Investment option 2: Horfield Leisure Centre. It is proposed to further expand the fitness facilities through a two-storey extension to the fitness gym (up to 80 additional stations) and provision of two new group exercise studios.
  • Investment option 3: Bristol South Pool. A basic refurbishment which would provide some upgrades to machinery and general cosmetic and condition improvements to customer facing areas.

You can also tell us which leisure facilities you currently use and what things you value most in a leisure facility.

Your feedback will help us to consider if we need to make changes to the strategy. It will also help us to shape our procurement for a leisure centre operator and define the types of services we might specify during the procurement process when the current contract expires.

Please tell us what you think by Sunday 7 November 2021.

If you would like this consultation as a paper copy or in another language, braille, audio, large print, easy English, BSL video or CD rom or plain text, please contact us by emailing sport@bristol.gov.uk or calling 0117 92 23320.

Paper copies of the consultation are also available in libraries.


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