Leisure centre in Petersfield benefits from £2.8million investment

People in Petersfield will soon be benefiting from upgraded leisure facilities thanks to a multi-million-pound improvement project.

Everyone Active and East Hampshire District Council are investing £2.8million to significantly improve the facilities on offer at Taro Leisure Centre. Work to complete the final and most extensive stage of the development began on Monday 19 February.

A new group cycling studio has already been added to the centre as part of the project, allowing Everyone Active to host an additional 12 exercise classes each week. The latest stage of the development will introduce an extended, 100-station gym complete with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a modernised pool-side changing area and a new health and wellbeing studio.

The café and reception areas will also be updated to create a larger, more comfortable environment for customers, and a new soft play area will be installed for children.

The investment represents Everyone Active’s commitment to improving sports and leisure facilities in the district. New centres in Alton and Whitehill and Bordon are also planned as part of the leisure contractor’s partnership with East Hampshire District Council.

“Taro Leisure Centre is a hub of activity for the local community, and investments like this ensure it continues to meet the needs of customers and allows them to benefit from exceptional services and brilliant facilities. Since beginning our partnership with East Hampshire District Council in April last year, we have introduced a number of exciting activity opportunities, including our award-winning swimming lesson and an innovative new hockey academy developed in partnership with Olympic champion, Alex Danson. Through initiatives such as these and investments in the centres themselves, we are determined to improve the health of the community by giving people more opportunity to get active.”

Ian Cook, Regional Contract Manager

The development, which is being carried out by contractor Vincent Stokes, is due to be fully completed in the autumn. During this time, Everyone Active will be working to minimise any disruption to customers.

“These renovations and improvements will give the Taro Leisure Centre a new lease of life. “The new layout will make sport and exercise accessible to the entire community while new, state-of-the art technologies and important improvements will make it a fantastic facility for everyone.”

Councillor Richard Millard, EHDC Leader