South Ockendon leisure centre opens after £2.5m upgrade

Belhus Park centre closed since September 2017

The swimming pool at Belhus Park Leisure Centre has reopened to the public following a major refurbishment costing more than £2.5 million.

The South Ockendon swimming pool, which is operated by Impulse Leisure, closed last September for essential maintenance and improvement works.

Funded by Thurrock Council and Impulse Leisure, the extensive project included replacing the pool hall roof with a new steel structure with new roof lights to create a light and bright space to swim.

New LED lighting and high level acoustic finishes have been installed and the pool flume has been refurbished with stairs, catch pit side panels and graphics.

Important work has taken place behind the scenes too, with the installation of new air handling units to provide a fresher, more comfortable environment in the pool hall and a new pool filtration and circulation system to ensure the highest standards of hygiene.

Elsewhere, visitors will also benefit from the new-look changing rooms which have been refurbished throughout with new flooring, LED lighting, wall tiles, lockers, cubicles, showers, vanity areas, sinks, toilets and hand-dryers.

Three pre-swim showers have also been installed on route into the pool hall to allow bathers to shower prior to entering the pool.

“I’m delighted to see the results of these much-needed improvements to Belhus Park pool, which gives local people the opportunity to enjoy high quality and affordable swimming facilities,” says Chris Seamark, Chairman, TCL Board of Trustees.

“The aim of this project was to safeguard the future of this much-loved pool for future generations. We look forward to welcoming users back to the pool and are certain that they will enjoy the improvements,” says Mike Baden at Impulse Leisure.

This latest investment in Belhus Park Leisure Centre follows the recent refurbishment of the gym, exercise studio, changing facilities, reception, pool viewing area as well as a new disabled changing room and toilet.

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