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Two Dudley borough leisure centres could have a modern new look under a major refurbishment plan.

Halesowen leisure centre has been earmarked for a range of improvements to the gym, as well as a new children’s play area.

A planning application has been submitted for the Pool Road site.

At the same time, discussions are continuing about potential improvements at Crystal Leisure Centre. Images released today show what the leisure pool could look like after planned improvement work as well as a revamp of the changing rooms.

It comes as work is well underway on a new leisure centre at Constitution Hill in Dudley.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member responsible for leisure centres, said:

There’s a lot happening with leisure centres at the moment. We are already seeing the new Dudley Leisure Centre taking shape but with the potential for improvements at Halesowen and Crystal, the future looks very bright for leisure centre users.

Halesowen is in-line for a new look entrance, adventure play area and café. There will also be major changes to the swimming pool to cater for learner and advanced swimmers. The plans also include new ‘village style’ changing rooms, pool-side viewing area and a state-of-the-art fitness suite.

Both leisure centres will have significant repairs carried out as part of the proposals.

Work is well underway on the new £18.2million Dudley Leisure centre.

The plans are part of a wider major regeneration programme bringing over £1billion investment to the town centre. The new Dudley leisure centre will benefit from excellent public transport links through the forthcoming adjacent Metro stop and the nearby bus Interchange.

The new facility will include a 25 metre, eight-lane swimming pool and a teaching pool with spectator provision. There will be a four-court sports hall suitable for indoor football, badminton and more.

The investment will also include a 100-station gym and fitness suite, two group exercise studios for a wide range of exercise classes and an immersive cycle studio.

For families with younger children there will be a soft play area with catering facilities and a party room, and a café open to all users of the centre. And for those who want to relax after their workout session there’s set to be a sauna.

There will also be power-assisted gym equipment for specialist support which may be particularly beneficial for those recovering from injury, older customers and those living with long-term health conditions.

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