Council progresses refurbishment of Craigie Leisure Centre

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A major refurbishment of Craigie Leisure Centre is a step closer after Joondalup Council voted to progress the project to a construction tender stage.

The project – estimated to cost about $8.7million – would result in the main gym floor area more than doubling in size from 500sqm to 1200sqm with a new toilet and changeroom area.

Work could begin during the 2021/22 financial year and would also include:

• Relocation and extension of the group fitness studio (from about 340sqm to 400sqm), wellness studio (from about 210sqm to 225sqm) and cycle studio (from about 25sqm to 75sqm).
• Relocation and extension of the creche.
• Relocation of the staff room to allow for the cycle studio extension.
• Formalisation of the existing western overflow car park area, new additional car parking on the northern ring road, modifications to the southern car park and modification to the staff car park.
• Minor modifications to the facility entrance and a new path.

Membership numbers at Craigie Leisure Centre currently sit at a capacity of approximately 4,000 and the refurbishment would allow for a significant increase in membership numbers.

Increased membership is one of key factors that will enable the project to pay for itself over a period of time.

Once construction commences, the works will be done in two stages. The centre will maintain operations during any construction period and will endeavour to minimise impact on members and user groups. Temporary changes to health and fitness facilities are to be confirmed and project updates will be communicated as work progresses.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said while Craigie was undoubtedly 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 City, through its management of Craigie Leisure Centre, is recognised in Western Australia as an industry leader in the provision of community leisure and aquatic facilities and services,” he said.

“Consultation with the existing customers, members and user groups of Craigie Leisure Centre ensures that the proposed work addresses their needs.

“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.

“By meeting client needs and through enhanced members’ services we can maximise opportunities for membership growth.”

Craigie Leisure Centre was constructed in 1988. The indoor stadium facilities and fitness components were added to the aquatic areas in 1992. Additional improvements and extensions to the health and fitness areas were undertaken in 1995-96.

In 2006, the facility was redeveloped with an indoor 25 metre lap pool, indoor leisure pool, spa, sauna and steam room, gym, group fitness studio, creche, cycle studio, function room, offices, toilets and change rooms, café, merchandise shop and four sports courts. In February 2010, a second phase of the redevelopment was opened which included an outdoor 50 metre lap pool, zero depth water playground and meeting room.