Nene Centre will open at beginning of September

Ongoing work at the Nene Centre in Thrapston in July
Ongoing work at the Nene Centre in Thrapston in July

A leisure centre which has been closed since September last year will open again next month, council bosses say.

The Nene Centre in Cedar Drive, Thrapston, was closed last year due to structural problems with the roof, but East Northamptonshire Council has said it will re-open on Monday, September 2.

The project has overrun by two months, but the council insists the delays have not caused the work to go over budget.

Work on the building was originally planned to last nine months, starting last September, but work has only just been completed 11 months on.

Cllr Phil Stearn, chairman of the leisure working group, which is responsible for overseeing the work, said: “We have only been delayed by several weeks, which is not bad for a project of this size.

“As part of the work on the roof, a plastic membrane had to be put on the outside of the whole of the roof, but it can only be fitted in temperatures over 5C.

“We had planned to do it between March and April, but that is when the cold weather hit us.”

He added: “There was a lot of things we couldn’t do, until the roof was sealed.”

Cllr Stearn said after that the council moved “Heaven and Earth” to ensure work was done as quickly as possible.

As well as the structural work on the roof, the council said the leisure centre has been enhanced since its closure.

There will now be 65 gym stations, compared to 35 previously, a sauna and steam room has been built, and there will now be two studios on site for activities such as spinning classes.

The council is holding a number of open days for people to see the new centre.

Open days will be held on Tuesday, August 27, and Friday, August 30, between 10.30am and 6.30pm.

A family open day will be held on Sunday, September 1, with people allowed to try the facilities for free between 10am and 2pm.

Current gym members can have a tour of the facilities on Friday, August 23.