After lots of consultation with our users and other interested groups, we now have a final plan! We hope you like it.
We’ve moved from having two disabled toilet/changing room/showers to having one really well equipped toilet/changing room/shower (called a ‘changing space’, which is a particular specification) and one disabled toilet.
We’ve moved the new corridor out of the hall to save reducing the space in there, added a dedicated spinning room and more storage. There’s a meeting room which can also be used for putting on skates and a big skate store that can also be used for skate maintenance. The kitchen has been made larger, and on the advice of Age Concern, we are planning to do lunches in the new larger cafe area. The gyms are bigger and the whole building should work better for more activities all going on at once.
There’s going to be a lot of work to do though, to get this project off the ground – the plans are only the first step. To get involved, please contact Louise/Nikki at [email protected], on 07526 253100. Whatever you can do, you will be very welcome!
We have employed an architect to draw us up new plans for Penistone Leisure Centre. We’ve then had a good think about how we could arrange different rooms within it and this is what we have come up with. However, we need to find out whether the space would work for our current and future users.
This is where we need your help! Please have a look at it and tell us what you think by filling in our Renovation Plans Survey. Or if you have any other ideas, please make a comment at the bottom of this webpage.
The main features of the plan are that they split the centre into two separate areas – the skating area, and the gym/classes area, meaning all those things can happen at once. When skating is not on, there will be additional rooms for classes, meetings or courses. The centre will also become fully accessible, with level access everywhere and accessible toilets, changing rooms and showers.
In detail, clockwise from bottom left:
Gym / Classes Area
- A new, big room for classes, table tennis and spare gym space for floor work. This the current back room and store room made into one. The floor level will be raised to the same height as the rest of the building with storage underneath and the store at the end of the hall made more efficient. There will be big picture windows in place of the garage door looking out over the fields. Equipment for classes and badminton that is currently in this store room will be moved to an improved storage area at the end of the hall.
- Two gym rooms, connected by a door, for free weights, resistance machines and cardio machines. The big gym room is a new extension, built between the current cardio room and back room. The smaller gym room is the current cardio room and both changing rooms, with the edge next to the hall being used as a corridor. These are bigger than the current rooms, allowing more space between machines. They are next to each other for ease of use rather than having to cross the hall as now.
- Toilets and changing rooms/ showers for use by gym and classes users, leading off the corridor.
- Arrival at the centre will be on a ramp across from the pavement, meaning no steps and a much shallower slope. It will also mean pedestrians don’t have to use the road access and are kept separate from cars. Cars will drive up and over the ramp which will be well marked with pedestrian priority. There will be two disabled parking spaces near the entrance
- Reception/ office as now, but with the skate racks removed, to create space for more staff and volunteers as the centre grows
- Skate store in a better position so skates can be handed out in sight of parents, children are kept away from the entrance, and the volunteer in there can keep an eye on what’s going on in the hall. Sign in for skates will be in the entrance area
- Two accessible toilets, changing rooms and showers, one facing the entrance area and the other towards the hall, one for each area.
Skating Area (or area for more classes in the week)
- A new corridor along the near end of the hall for access to the rest of the rooms. This will stop classes and activities in the hall being interrupted by people walking through. The corridor could either be for access only or could have seating for putting on skates, parents watching and people waiting for classes
- More unisex toilets to be used by people in the skating half of the building
- A meeting room that could also be used for courses, treatments, small parties or as a rest room. This and the toilets will be where the party room currently is. This room could also keep the hatch through to the kitchen or could have it blocked up for better soundproofing
- A bigger kitchen that would mean we could have a café serving hot food, do a lunch club, and have more facilities for parties
- The party room / café moved from it’s current position to where the weights and resistance machines room currently is. This will be a bit bigger than the current space, allowing parties of up to 50 children to fit in more easily. It will have windows through to the hall so parents can watch their children from the café. It can be used for small classes in the week, as the party room is currently, and also used as a café
There is also a plan here showing all the possibilities for arrangements (rather than the featured possibility above):
And if you want an in-depth look at the full plans showing all the phases of development, the architect’s proposal is here:
Note: the idea behind a phased development is that we don’t have to find all the money at once, but at each phase the building is an improvement and all our current activities can continue.
There is also a need to refurbish a lot of our current rooms, and make general improvements to things like the roof, lighting, decoration etc. We plan to do this during the appropriate phase in the project.