£5m upgrade plan for Lancaster sports centre

A towering rope-swing adventure course is set to replace the outdoor football pitch as part of a £5m upgrade of a Lancaster sports centre.

Tuesday, 12th January 2016, 12:18 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2016, 1:29 pm
How a 'high ropes thrill tower' might look. A similar facility is being mooted for Salt Ayre Sports Centre in Lancaster.

A ‘high ropes thrill tower’ is part of a blueprint to transform Salt Ayre Sports Centre over the next five years.

Plans also include a new BMX track, an expanded fitness suite, an upgrade to the reception area and cafe, a health and beauty spa, and a three-storey adventure play area covering half of the existing sports hall, suitable for adults and children.

Leisure specialists Alliance Leisure Services has been recruited by Salt Ayre owners Lancaster City Council to come up with these ideas.

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Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Lancaster.

The Somerset-based firm and the council will work in partnership to develop Salt Ayre if the council cabinet gives the go-ahead at a meeting on January 19 and then full council gives approval.

The company has been chosen by the council after a tender process.

The planned changes to Salt Ayre would be brought in over a five-year period and are just proposals at this stage. Other plans include a new computerised booking system, upgraded changing rooms and toilets, and new community meeting rooms.

The idea is to make Salt Ayre a premier sport and leisure facility in the North West.

Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Lancaster.