Council progresses Leisure Centre Redevelopment Project
21 March 2018
Joondalup Council has progressed the first stage of a $2.7m redevelopment of City of Joondalup Leisure Centre – Craigie (Craigie Leisure Centre) to a detailed design and tender stage.
The project will include extension of the current gymnasium and the refurbishment of the indoor group fitness and cycling areas.
Construction is likely to commence in 2019.
The size of the existing gymnasium (460 sqm) was considered above average when it was built in 2005, however the facility now operates at capacity, servicing some 3800 members.
In February 2015, the City reviewed the health and fitness operations of its leisure centres which revealed that the current centre at Craigie could no longer meet the growing needs of members unless the facility underwent significant refurbishment.
One of the outcomes of that review found that the current centre at Craigie could no longer meet the growing needs of members unless the facility underwent significant refurbishment.
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said while Craigie remained the City’s premier leisure centre facility, the leisure industry had changed significantly in recent years and the City had to adapt to current and future trends.
“The gym and group fitness activities at Craigie are the main areas which have been experiencing the most significant challenges in respect to membership retention and it’s vital we continue to offer our patrons world-class facilities that meet their current needs, while also attracting new members in the future,” he said.
“Craigie currently has in excess of 3,700 members, with more than 1,300,000 visitor numbers recorded in 2016-17, but we’d like to increase membership significantly as the population of the northern corridor continues to rise and to accommodate growing community demand for access to health and leisure lifestyle opportunities.
“By meeting client needs and through enhanced members’ services we can maximise opportunities for membership growth.”
The proposed project is expected to come back before Council for approval to appoint a construction contractor in 2019.