Massive redevelopment underway at Cwmbran Stadium

Work has started on an exciting redevelopment at Cwmbran Stadium. The project will see a four-court sports hall remodelled into a vertical adventure playground, a soft play centre and a cafe. A 70-station fitness suite will also be created.

The work is being carried out by specialist leisure design and build company Createability, alongside development partner Alliance Leisure, which has also part-funded the project, and will ensure the co-ordination and delivery of the complete facility on behalf of Torfaen Leisure Trust.

The Trust was formed in July 2013 and manages Cwmbran Stadium, Pontypool Active Living Centre, Fairwater Leisure Centre, Bowden Active Living Centre and Pontypool Ski Centre on behalf of Torfaen County Borough Council.

Work has already started creating a massive 500 sq m soft play structure, which can cater for up to 150 children at any one time, a 19-element VerTgo vertical adventure climbing playground,along with a party room and a cafe and seating area.

The current cafe, kitchen and a meeting room under the stadium seating area will be converted into a new 350 sq m fitness suite with functional training to replace the small, existing gym on the stadium’s first floor.

Improvements will also be made to the current reception area with new lighting, graphics and over cladding of the reception desk to create a more modern, welcoming look and feel. All the internal work is expected to complete in Spring 2015.

Ian Cotgrave, Managing Director of Createability said: “This is the second scheme of this type that we have carried out in partnership with Alliance Leisure. Previously the Stadium had a four-court sports hall as well as an eight-court hall. Converting the four-court hall into a soft play centre and VerTgo climbing structure will bring new revenue and activity to the centre and attract a new breed of users.”

Alun Williams, Chair of Torfaen Leisure Trust said: “We passionately believe our customer experience should be first class and so I am delighted these exciting proposals are going ahead. The work will provide improvements that are both modern and vibrant.”

Sally Church, CEO of Torfaen Leisure Trusts agreed, she said: “This is a great opportunity to reward all of our current members for their loyalty and the new facilities will offer a significant attraction to new customers and enable us to grow our business and improve the health and fitness of more people in Torfaen.”

Sarah Watts, Managing Director of Alliance Leisure said: “This exciting project demonstrates how the public sector can respond to the tough economic climate and squeeze on resources, remodelling existing underused space to generate more income; and with childhood obesity on the rise it’s an ideal way to tackle inactivity in the young in the local community too.”

Lewis Jones, deputy leader of Torfaen Council said: “The delivery of this project supports the council’s decision to form a trust to provide the leisure service in Torfaen. These new facilities will help to sustain Cwmbran Stadium in the long term, taking into account changing fitness trends and creating amore contemporary environment for people of all ages to enjoy. Once complete the new facilities will act as a focal point for community activities and increase levels of physical activity across the county borough.”

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Editor’s notes:
Createability are a design and build specialist working in the trust, local authority and education sectors. Over the last 20 years they have delivered more than 500 developments worth over £50 million.

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