BOSSES at Malvern’s main leisure centre will be literally ‘splashing the cash’ when it receives a £2million revamp.
As part of the scheme for Malvern Splash the swimming pool will be redeveloped to include a new interactive water play feature and wave machine.
The changing rooms will be fully refurbished, including improved areas for people with disabilities and extra family changing rooms.
Behind the scenes further improvements are being planned to the pool plant room, pumps and UV filter which will help improve water quality.
And the leisure centre will also be made more energy efficient with LED lighting and improved glazing helping to reduce the venue’s carbon footprint.
Malvern Hills District Council, which owns the building and will be overseeing the project, has put up the funding and the scheme was approved by members of the authority’s executive committee last week.
Malvern Splash, now operated by Freedom Leisure, opened in 1989 and while changes have been made to the building in recent years they have mainly been to the reception and fitness areas.
Some parts of the project, such as the new wave machine, will be put in place over the coming weeks.
Work on the bulk of the improvements is expected to start by the end of this year and be completed by February half-term 2021 and the pool will need to be closed during that time.
Coun Sarah Rouse, Malvern Hills District Council leader, said: “The Splash is one of the jewels in our crown and this investment will not only deliver first class facilities but a much improved experience for users.
“It will also support our efforts to make the council’s own operations carbon neutral by 2030.”
Freedom Leisure’s managing director Ivan Horsfall Turner added: “Malvern Splash has seen some considerable investment since we started operating the centre and it is fantastic that this will now extend to the pool and changing village.
“We will be working closely with Malvern Hills District Council to deliver on their continued investment into the centre for the benefit of the local community.”