Prince Regent re-opening is the ‘icing on the cake!’
The popular Prince Regent Swimming Complex will re-open on Monday 19 October with new and improved lighting and heating systems.
While the centre has been closed during lockdown, there has been the opportunity to carry out major projects including replacing the old lighting system in the pool hall with new LED lighting and installing a more energy efficient ‘on demand’ water heating system.
Further plans to replace the air handling units (AHU) later this year have been rearranged for Easter 2021.
The re-opening on Monday, means that all the city’s leisure centres operated by Freedom Leisure are now back in business and available to the community.
Additional safety measures have been meticulously planned and put in place at the centre to reassure visitors. All staff have received training on the new protocols and the importance of supporting customers to safely return to activity and fitness.
The summer months saw a huge increase in the number of people regularly exercising outdoors – a welcome activity during the many months of lockdown.
Now, as the new restrictions look to continue well into the winter and beyond, the government is urging people to continue with their fitness regimes.
And as the evenings get darker and the weather colder, local leisure centres provide a safe and welcoming space to be active.
Leisure centres also provide valuable opportunities to be around people during these times of social restriction.
Ivan Horsfall Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director, said: “As we approach winter it is going to be vital that the public have safe spaces in which to exercise and socialise.
"We have a variety of activity options and a friendly team to help everyone feel confident in using their local leisure centre to support a healthy lifestyle.”
Councillor Marianna Ebel, joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee added: “Staff at Freedom Leisure have worked extremely hard to prepare our popular leisure centres for re-opening and to welcome back their customers to a safe and secure environment.
“We know that for many residents, and especially those in the city centre, the re-opening of the Prince Regent will be long awaited and welcome news. We are glad that swimmers of all ages from across Brighton & Hove can once again access this space.”
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with Freedom Leisure to deliver affordable facilities in Brighton & Hove for everyone to enjoy.”
For more information about local centres visit Freedom Leisure's website.
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