Dementia-friendly leisure centre opens in Norfolk


The £1.5m renovation of Long Stratton Leisure Centre in Norfolk has completed to improve existing facilities while meeting the needs of new residents who will inhabit more than 1,800 homes planned for the village.

Saunders Boston Architects, working alongside development partners Alliance Leisure and main contractor Etec Group, designed the development for South Norfolk Council.

The centre offers an 80-station gym, including a sprint track and fitness rig, two fitness studios, a four court sports hall, a floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch, as well as new changing rooms and shower provisions.

A new two-storey extension features a new café, soft play area and multi-purpose studio spaces. The staff are all trained in dementia awareness and customer management.

Dementia-friendly elements include floorcoverings in a colour and design that does not appear like a hole or barrier to those with the condition – this was especially relevant to the entrance matting – and central internal signage in yellow, the most dementia-friendly colour.

South Norfolk Council has recently invested £4m in its Wymondham Leisure Centre and has also opened a 3G football facility at Kett’s Park, following an investment of £1.2m.

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