Pentwyn community gives views on leisure centre plans

More than 180 people attended a two-day Cardiff Council drop-in session last week to examine plans and give their views on the proposed refurbishment and re-opening of Pentwyn Leisure Centre.

The sessions were a chance for local people to discuss with council officials the details of the refurbishment, planned to take place after the centre is vacated in May by Cardiff Rugby Club, which has been using the centre for its training sessions.

Among the new facilities planned are:

  •  A 25m pool with an adaptable moving floor which allows for the depth of the water to be varied, enabling it to be used for a wide range of activities and saving heating costs. The pool slide will also be retained
  • Retaining the existing sports hall and outdoor mini-3G pitch
  • Re-opening the studio and gym facilities and refurbishing the changing rooms
  • Investing in roof-mounted solar panels and an air source heat pump to heat the pool

A Cardiff Council spokesman said: “We were pleased that so many people turned up and that we were able to listen to their views and explain the new plans for the centre. We received positive feedback on our decision to change the pool design and on increasing the size and depth of the new pool. We hope to get on site soon to begin works.”

At the sessions, the Council revealed that GLL, the centre operators, would re-open parts of the centre, including the gym, in mid-June with work on the pool beginning at around the same time. Work on the pool is expected to be completed by next year.

GLL will also be holding a series of come-and-try-it and taster sessions in the summer to promote the facilities and seek the views of the community.

If you want to give your views on the future of the centre, or would like more details of the plans, email