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Derbyshire leisure centre gets wetroom-style makeover for changing areas

Wet-room style facilities are ideal for locations where mobility and access are of concern. They're also a great choice for public areas where a modern, streamlined look is desired, along with providing facilities suitable for people who use wheelchairs.

That's why, when West Park Leisure Centre in Long Eaton decided to refurbish its dry-side changing rooms, it opted for a combination of wet rooms and showers.

Work began in mid-April and is part of Erewash Borough Council's continued commitment to maintaining and improving its leisure facilities. The £218,000 makeover will result in a much improved appearance for the centre - changing areas will have new, brightly coloured lockers and LED lighting. The work is also expected to improve air circulation.

The building will get a boost to its environmental credentials, as water consumption will be reduced thanks to new showers and toilets. Heat recovery units will also be used to make the facility more energy efficient.

While most of the showers will be in cubicles, two new accessible wet rooms will also be installed. To prevent leaks around the wet room floors, high-quality waterproofing materials will be used.

The work will involve widening doorways to ensure they're suitable for wheelchair users and a new accessible toilet will be provided closer to the sports hall. Visually contrasting floors and walls will be used to make it easier for partially sighted customers to navigate around the space and a new lift will also be installed.

Commenting on the project, councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council's lead member for culture and leisure said that the work was intended to update the facility and create a customer-friendly layout.

"The work is part of our continued drive to encourage more people to take up sport and make full use of the top-class facilities we have on offer at all our leisure centres in Erewash," he explained.

Mr Wallis noted that there would be some disruption while work was being carried out, but that they are working hard to keep this to a minimum. The project is expected to take about ten weeks to complete.