AFTER months of delays due to Coronavirus, the multi-million pound Bulmershe Leisure Centre in Woodley has finally opened its doors to the public.

The new centre, on Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, has replaced the previous building, constructed in the 1970s, after it was demolished in 2018.

The centre includes a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool with movable floor, a bigger gym plus a long-term condition gym, a four-court sports hall, and an additional studio and café.

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Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: "Watching this incredible project come into fruition has truly been remarkable.

"I’m delighted to have been able to take part in the opening.

"A heartfelt thank you goes to all our staff, contractors and stakeholders for making what was once only a plan, a reality.

"I’m sure it will serve our residents for many years to come and bring many happy, cheerful memories to both children and adults."

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The official opening of the centre took place yesterday morning, August 17.

Tony Penge, contract manager at Places Leisure, Wokingham said: “In partnership with Wokingham Borough Council we are working hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and the new leisure centre is a huge step in assisting us to achieve our goals.

"Places Leisure look forward to managing this centre and engaging with our customers over the coming months and years."

Though the site is now fully open, social distancing measures are still required, and other covid-safe measures have been taken by staff.