Olympic medallist to unveil new-look Berkhamsted Leisure Centre after £600,000 revamp

Olympic Silver Medallist Colin Jackson will be at hand to unveil a new-look Berkhamsted Leisure Centre after its £600,000 investment.

The centre, operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Dacorum Borough Council, began introducing a number of improvements over the past month.

Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson

Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson

To celebrate, Berkhamsted Leisure Centre will be hosting an open weekend on January 25 to showcase the new facilities, with a range of free activities and classes.

Former hurdles star Jackson will be the special guest at the event, including the official ribbon cutting at 10am.

The £600,000 upgrade, which is joint funded by the council, will offer new gym facilities and equipment, as well as a refurbishment of the changing area.

Steve Cox, area contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We’re looking forward to introducing some exciting changes for our customers at Berkhamsted Leisure Centre.

Berkhamsted Leisure Centre

Berkhamsted Leisure Centre

“Thousands of local people are already benefiting from the centre and we’ll now be able to provide access to new and improved facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy."

The centre’s gym will benefit significantly from the investment with 100 pieces of state-of-the-art Technogym fitness equipment, as well as more accessible equipment for users with limited mobility.

Additional functional fitness equipment and free-weights will be available on the gym floor, and the centre’s two group exercise studios will be refurbished with new lighting, flooring and ceilings.

Cllr Andrew Williams, leader of the council and portfolio holder for corporate and contracted services said: “We are delighted to be investing in the refurbishment of Berkhamsted Leisure Centre, delivering enhanced facilities for our residents.”