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Victoria Leisure Centre to re-open in March

posted 21 Jan 2012, 01:49 by Tom Hughes   [ updated 21 Jan 2012, 02:26 ]
VLC and Sneinton Market undergoing refurbishement
The eagerly awaited re-opening of the Leisure Centre on Sneinton Market is planned for Monday March 5th 2012. There will then be a formal Olympic-themed opening ceremony on Friday March 23rd.

The Centre will feature a 25m family pool, a children's splash pool, gym and sauna facilities, with an entrance under the magnificent restored clock tower . It will front on to the newly resurfaced Sneinton Market Square. Tours can be booked to view the new facilities from mid February.

The refurbishment of the Centre, which involved the permanent closure of the Turkish Baths and Sports Hall, and demolition of the historic girder structure which spanned the original Oval Pool, has taken 2 years and cost £9million. The Centre was originally slated for complete closure by the Council in 2008 after it was revealed that refurbishment of the existing buildings would cost £2million. But following the successful local "Save Victoria Baths" campaign this decision was reversed and the 1896 clock tower buildings safeguarded. 

The Victoria Baths have been at the heart of the local community since 1850, when they opened as the first public baths in Nottingham. Hopefully the new refurbishment will ensure their future for another 160 years! 

You can read more on the history of the Baths on the Save Victoria Baths website.

For more on the reopening an a preview of the new facilities, visit the Councils VLC reopening page.
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