- Littledown Centre temporary four-week closure during December 2023
Littledown Centre, including its café, bar and outdoor sports facilities (football pitches and park toilets) will be temporarily closed to the public for four weeks from Monday 4 December 2023 for essential maintenance work to take place.
The facilities are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday 2 January 2024.
Littledown is managed by registered charity BH Live, in partnership with BCP Council.
Over the four-week closure, work to be carried out by specialist contractors includes the installation of new electrical panels to replace those that were damaged during a plant room fire in November 2022.
To coincide with this, and mitigate further disruption and closures, BCP Council has also commissioned the removal of the centre’s water flumes which had reached their end of life and were no longer operational.
Other essential maintenance will be carried out by BH Live’s contractors including the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting.
Customers with a BH Live Active membership are being advised of the temporary closure and their options to use other local facilities including pools, gyms and classes. These include Queen’s Park, Stokewood, Pelhams, Sir David English and Corfe Mullen. Facilities vary at each centre – see website for details. Swimming lessons and the Littledown Juniors’ winter terms will close two weeks early this year. For those who have regular club and pitch bookings or events, the team at Littledown will contact them to go through their options.
The main car park at Littledown Centre will remain open with temporary lighting. Access around the centre and footways adjacent to the parkland will be restricted.
Rob Cunningham, BH Live’s Associate Director for Leisure said,
“The Littledown electrical fire in 2022 damaged some of the centre’s main systems. While we have managed with a temporary fix to keep the building running, the time has come to get the essential repairs and replacement work done. This will ensure the building runs as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
“We have been working closely with our council partners to plan these works around the least disruptive time for our customers. To further minimise the impact, we are fortunate to be able to provide access to other local gyms, pools and classes operated by BH Live to ensure people can still keep active for better health and wellbeing.”
Cllr Mike Cox, BCP Council Portfolio Holder for Finance said;
“We know how popular Littledown is to people of all ages and abilities who want to get active and improve their health and wellbeing. That’s why the council and BH Live have worked closely to ensure this necessary closure has the least impact.
“Some of the work undertaken during this closure will be the removal of the centre’s swimming pool flumes. In August 2021 an extensive inspection and assessment of the flumes by specialists and structural engineers confirmed that they had reached their end of life and were no longer operational.
“Further assessment since, established that the original design of the splash pool, and modern legislation in relation to the installation of water flumes, would not be compliant with today’s standards. To install replacement flumes would mean a significant cost to residents.
“Whilst this work is ongoing, I would encourage residents to keep active and use the fantastic other local facilities including pools, gyms and classes available via their BH Live Active memberships.”
Alternative pools, gyms and classes are available for customers to use as part of their multisite BH Live Active membership or on a pay as go you basis at other local centres.
Visit bhliveactive.org.uk for more information and ask in centre if any assistance is needed.
The main work being carried out is on the electrical system, which is needed for heating, lighting, plus other services and support systems.
To mitigate further disruption and closures, BCP council has also commissioned the removal of the centre’s water flumes to coincide with these works.
For public health and safety, we cannot open the centre to the public while these works are being done.
Yes, although temporary lighting will be in place. Some areas including walkways around the centre will not have lighting so we recommend using alternative well-lit routes and paths.
BH Live Active membership provides multisite access. From time to time, we have to carry out essential maintenance works and repairs to prolong the lifespan of the facilities.
During this temporary closure at Littledown other local facilities are available at Queen’s Park, Stokewood, Pelhams, Sir David English and Corfe Mullen.
Members can also access hundreds of online classes including Les Mills via BH Live Active at Home.
See the BH Live Active app or go online at bhliveactive.org.uk for facilities details.
If you have any questions about your membership, please ask in centre for details.
If you like to pay as you go for activities, other local facilities are available at Queen’s Park, Stokewood, Pelhams, Sir David English and Corfe Mullen. See the BH Live Active app or go online at bhliveactive.org.uk for facilities details. If you have any questions please ask in centre for details.
The swimming lessons break over December will be two weeks longer than usual and your plan will be adjusted to reflect this. We will be writing to you with more detail. If you have any queries, please contact the Swimming Academy team.
The Littledown Juniors break over December will be two weeks longer than usual and your plan will be adjusted to reflect this. We will be writing to you with more detail. If you have any queries, please contact the Littledown Juniors team.
If you have a regular pool, club, pitch, or event booking due to take place during this time, we will be in touch with you to discuss your options.
Head over to our online Help Centre to see if you are eligible to suspend your membership and how to do this. Eligibility includes medical conditions which prevent you from using our services on a temporary basis & pregnancy – see section 6 in our membership terms and conditions for full details.
The best place to ask us any questions is in centre where we can access account details, timetables, information and provide you with one-to-one assistance.
If you can’t make it into the centre, please get in touch via our online help centre - https://bhliveactive.org.uk/help-centre.