New Pictures of Blackburn Leisure Centre Revealed

Published Thursday 24 July 2014 at 11:46

As Commonwealth Games fever hits Britain, Blackburn today has revealed new images of the new multi million pound Leisure centre development.

These artist impressions show how the Water Play Zone at the new £13m Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre will look – with a shallow water area, a range of moving water features-  bubbles, squirts, cascades and  a little double slide to keep youngsters entertained.

This is right next to the small pool allowing families to move between the two. The smaller pool will have a moveable floor to allow a much wider range of use than in most swimming facilities – so that means the water could be 200mm deep for toddler sessions or 1.8meters for fitness swimmers.

The two flumes will be a key feature of the new sports and leisure centre, a joint venture between Blackburn with Darwen Council and Blackburn College, which is currently being built off Feilden Street by Eric Wright Construction. Work is progressing well with the roof almost complete and the concrete being poured for the pool tanks. The sports halls will open in September, with the pool opening in the New Year.

The flume entrance boxes will be high up in the pool hall, they then go outside the building making a distinctive elevation on Nab Lane, before coming back in and running into their own shallow aqua-catchers. No deep water exits! There will be a Speed slide and a Family slide.

The picture also shows expanded boxes for some of the features. There will be a Slide Champ time display where you can see your run time and an AquaSmash score board which shows points you can score as you go down the flume – as well as internal lights, black holes, corkscrew effect and clear sections.

The sports halls will be used by the college during the day but will be available in the evening and at weekends for block bookings by community groups. To book,  please email

Councillor Andy Kay, Executive Member for Resources said,

“Here we have another major investment in leisure facilities in the borough. The new leisure centre will be a real asset to the borough with its first class facilities. Witton Arena is open for business and attracting hundreds of users. It is important that we continue to invest in modern facilities to help improve the health and wellbeing of all our residents and to attract visitors.”

The Centre comprises: Large Pool, small pool, 2 flumes, Water Play Zone, 2 sports halls and small sauna and steam room, aerobics studio, College Performance Lab and a large Fitness Gym.

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