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Concordia Leisure Centre, Cramlington

JDDK completed the third and final stage of the £3.5m refurbishment of Cramlington’s Concordia Leisure Centre July 2016. Similar to Blyth Sports Centre the centre remained open throughout the construction period necessitating a phased approach to minimise disruption to both users and the general public around the site.

The existing facilities were reconfigured to make the maximum use of the existing space. In phase one, the sports hall was divided in two with one half remaining unchanged while a themed four-storey soft play area for children of all ages was installed in the other. The hall also now hosts the region’s first Clip ‘n Climb facility, a series of climbing-based challenges that use an automatic belay device to make indoor climbing accessible for all ages and abilities.

Phase two included the creation of a new 10 lane, 10-pin bowling centre on the site of the former bowling green, a dedicated spinning studio with a tiered layout to optimise the use of the space and featuring virtual instructors as well as traditional group cycling classes. A new spa and updates to the dry changing areas and party rooms were also included.

The third and final phase, featured improvements to the foyer and entrance including a new cafe, the creation of an additional fitness studio, and the relocation of Cramlington Library into the Leisure Centre.