Crewe Lifestyle Centre – FAQs (updated October 2015)
Where has the idea for a lifestyle centre come from?
Crewe’s new lifestyle centre is a modern leisure facility and community hub, which will bring together in one place modern adult social and leisure facilities.
The Centre will enhance the health and well-being of the people in the local area and create a healthy future for Crewe.
The site chosen for the Lifestyle Centre is within the new, exciting Civic and Cultural Quarter of Crewe and is a key part of the wider regeneration of the town centre of Crewe.
Why do we need a lifestyle centre?
Statistics suggest that the people of Crewe suffer poorer health than the average Cheshire East resident and that the town has a much lower life expectancy than the rest of the borough. Therefore, the Centre will make a real difference by helping to address lifestyle risk factors such as high blood pressure, high body-mass index (overweight and obesity) and physical inactivity.
When is the new centre going to open?
It will open in April 2016.
What makes the lifestyle centre different to a leisure centre?
A lifestyle centre offers more than just leisure facilities. It brings together in one place all the services that people need in relation to their lifestyle. Not only sports and leisure but also a place to read and learn, to exercise, to have a health related check-up, to participate in community events or even to receive social services that may be on offer by the Council.
For Cheshire East, the Crewe Lifestyle Centre will combine new all-inclusive leisure facilities, modern family and adult social care provision, a library service and community facilities all in one place.
What facilities will the centre have?
The Centre will offer a range of services which will be provided by both the Council and the voluntary community sector. The services and facilities will include:
- A 25-metre, 8 lane, local competition standard swimming pool with (disabled) accessible entry and exit lift and spectator seating
- 17m small pool with (disabled) accessible entry and exit lift
- Separate changing facilities for wet and dry leisure use with dedicated changing places facilities in the wet changing area for customers with disabilities
- Café and pool viewing area
- 2 floor library with community space
- A multi-function sports hall with adjacent studio space which can be used as breakout rooms
- Fitness suite and fitness studios
- Day service facilities – catering for adults of all ages with learning disabilities
- Specialist day service facilities – catering for adults with a wide range of needs including autism, sensory impairment and complex medical needs
- Family services facilities – a safe place for vulnerable families to meet and develop
- Enhanced sporting opportunities for individuals; mainly young people, with physical, sensory or learning disabilities
- Shared reception with communal facilities for use by other community groups for functions, parties and exhibitions.
What will happen to the facilities that currently operate the service?
Services from the current facilities will be transferred into the new building.
These services are:
- Crewe Pool (Flag Lane)
- Crewe Library (Prince Albert Street)
- Victoria Centre (Victoria Street)
- Macon House (Macon Way)
- Hilary Centre (Salisbury Avenue)
- Ethel Elks Centre (Salisbury Avenue)
What will happen to activities at the current facilities?
Existing and repeat bookings can still be made in the usual way and will be hosted in the new facility when it is operational. The new lifestyle centre will be able to offer over 1000m2 indoor core community space with an additional 500m2 outdoor space should the event suit. It is expected to be large enough to accommodate most of the current bookings at our existing facilities.
What will the centre look like?
The building has been designed to be a very efficient building suitable for a 21st century Crewe. The design includes some of the latest building techniques and it is expected to have an A grade energy rating keeping the energy bills to a minimum. It will also use a state of the art, efficient pool filtration system which will save on water bills. It will have solar panels to help save on electricity costs.
The building design uses a ‘double fronted’ approach that gives it a substantial, bold presence both towards the Municipal Buildings and towards the supermarket (Tesco). Its iconic design reflects the civic nature of the services while being sympathetic to the local historical buildings around it such as Christchurch. It is hoped that the building will set the high standard for future development of the Cultural Quarter.
Inside the building, it is essentially split into two sides with a central reception which will allow pedestrians to pass quickly through the building from Crewe Street to Forge Street. The pool, changing rooms and gym will occupy one side of the building. The other side will have a multi-use hall, studios, library, a family centre and adult day care facilities.
Will the building be easy to access for people with disabilities?Yes, very much so.The building aims to be ‘all inclusive’ in its services. There will be full disabled access to all services provided and all areas of the building. The bringing together of Adult Day Care facilities and fully equipped leisure facilities will make it even easier for more customers to access and use its facilities.Dedicated disabled parking will be provided right outside the new centre and be available once the construction period finishes.
Will the building be easy to access for people with disabilities?
Yes, very much so.The building aims to be ‘all inclusive’ in its services. There will be full disabled access to all services provided and all areas of the building. The bringing together of Adult Day Care facilities and fully equipped leisure facilities will make it even easier for more customers to access and use its facilities.
Dedicated disabled parking will be provided right outside the new centre and be available once the construction period finishes.
Will transport be provided to people who have disabilities, to get to and from the centre?
There should be no changes to the current arrangements. The arrangements to get users to their existing facility will transfer to the new centre.
Will I still be able to access existing leisure facilities whilst building is ongoing?
All existing facilities will retain normal operating schedules until transfer of services takes place. Only when the new lifestyle centre is operational will services transfer.
I am a local resident/business, how will I be kept informed?
The project team has been and will continue to hold public events to share details of the lifestyle centre. If a meeting is required with local residents and businesses, the team will send out invitation by letter and through the social media routes.
Meanwhile, our construction partner will have a site office and contact number during the construction period and would welcome local residents and businesses to contact the office if there are any questions or concerns.
How will traffic be managed after the centre is open?
When the centre is open, Forge Street will be reopened to traffic but will become one way with access from Prince Albert Street to Lyon Street only. Crewe Street will eventually join Moss Square to form a loop for coach drop off. There will be dedicated parent parking and disabled parking around the new centre which will be available once the centre is open.
What about car parking?
The car parking strategy for the development was addressed in the supporting information to the planning application. This is a town centre location with good public transport links and a number of parking options within walking distance including the Undercroft (under the Library) and Oak Street.
In addition, 15 number disabled/parent & child space will be created as part of the project, plus those in the Undercroft.
How much is it costing and where is the money coming from?
Cheshire East Council is funding the project. The project is costing £15.4m with the money coming from the savings that that will be made on the maintenance of existing buildings. The energy saving in running costs make the new building more affordable too.
Is there childcare on site?
There are no plans to include a dedicated crèche within the facility but much effort has gone into ensuring that facilities and activities will be designed to be family friendly allowing children of all ages to participate alongside parents, grandparents and carers.