End of an era as Ken Marriott Leisure Centre prepares to close

What the new leisure centre will look like.
What the new leisure centre will look like.

Rugby’s Ken Marriott Leisure Centre will close on Sunday.

Building work for the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre is progressing well, with plans for it to open in late July.

The building work will mean that the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre will need to close for the last time after activities have finished on Sunday (March 31).

During the closure period the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre will be demolished to make way for a new car park and to complete the entrance to the new centre.

All of the equipment in the new leisure centre will be installed, tested and commissioned to make sure everything is ready and the staff fully trained to operate the new centre from opening day.

Staff from the leisure centre will be setting up in the Clock Towers for the new three months. They will be in the former La Senza unit and will be available to speak to people about the new leisure centre.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said: “This weekend marks the end of an era for Rugby. For 40 years children of the borough have learnt to swim at the Rugby Leisure Centre, and later the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, and many young athletes and sportsmen and women have learnt their sport and practiced there.

“While one era ends, another is about to begin and it will not be long before we open the brand new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre. In the meantime, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the new operators and find out more about the new centre including at a unit in the Clock Towers Shopping Centre, which will open next week.”

The latest information on the new operator, new leisure centre, and interim arrangements can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/newleisurecentre.