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Wigan International Pool closed to
the public on 21
Thank you to our customers...
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust would like to thank you for your custom
over the years at Wigan International Pool and Profiles gym.
The Pool was opened in 1968 with residents of the borough benefiting
from over 40 years use of the facility, including free swimming for
children aged 16 and under since April 2005 and for the over 60s since
2006. Throughout the years, the facilities have helped to hone local
talent through its various swimming clubs, notably Wigan BEST (formerly
Wigan Wasps), resulting in some record breaking results and national
However, the facilities are now in need of extensive upgrade in order
meet your needs for the future and we are about to embark on an
improvement programme to redevelop the whole complex. The scope of this
project will mean that the existing pool needs to close for around 2
years to make way for the work to progress.
A new and exciting £187m ‘Joint Service Centre’ facility is on the
horizon, which will revitalise the civic heart of the borough and
improve access to public services. For the first time, it will bring
together a broad range of public services including council, health,
housing, leisure, police, fire and the voluntary service.
Benefits of the project will include brand new leisure facilities and
improved access to services including:
- A brand new swimming pool, with flexible use of water space,
designed to the national standard.
- Complementary exercise and health improvement facilities,
including a Profiles gym and aerobic studios, together with services
delivered by PCT Wigan Council Adult Services.
- A new central library and information zone on the site of the
- A one-stop shop and contact centre for Wigan Council services
providing longer opening hours with access points in each township
Questions & Answers
When is the centre closing?
The centre will permanently close on Sunday 21 September 2008. The
building is planned to be demolished from December 2008 onwards, then
work on the new facilities can begin.
Why not close the facilities in Winter when it’s less busy?
In order to get the construction work completed to deadline and
budget, September is the latest date that we can keep the facility open
until. Before the building can be demolished the asbestos in the
structure of the building needs to be removed safely alongside other
enabling works before demolition.
Why is the centre closing?
It is obvious to anyone who has used the pool in recent years that
the facilities are dilapidated and that the pool is at the end of its
lifecycle after 40 years of heavy use. In recent years, the operating
and running costs of the pool have increased significantly, mainly due
to the rising cost of utilities, resulting in significant financial
losses. Additionally, the facility is not energy efficient due in part
to the old plant and machinery that is operating the pool and does not
have appropriate disabled access.
Why is the Pool not being refurbished instead of closed?
Refurbishments have been made throughout the years to enable the
facilities to continue operating, however, it is now uneconomical to try
to continue to maintain the facilities in this way. Refurbishment of the
facilities on a major scale is not feasible as it would cost millions of
pounds and would take months if not years to complete as much of the
work involves replacing plant, machinery and pipe work. The pool would
also need to be completely redesigned to meet modern day standards,
especially for people with disabilities.
Where is the nearest pool?
The nearest pool to Wigan International Pool is Hindley Pool, which
is approximately 3½ miles away, just 8 minutes by car. Alternatively
there are also pools at nearby Ashton Leisure Centre (5 miles), Howe
Bridge Leisure Centre (6 miles), Leigh Indoor Sports Centre (12½ miles)
and Tyldesley Pool (11 miles). For public transport please visit
www.gmpte.com or telephone 0870 200 2233.
Where is the nearest Profiles gym?
The nearest Profiles gym is
Park Sports & Tennis Centre, which is approximately 2 miles away
from Wigan International Pool, just 5 minutes by car.
What other facilities are available nearby?
A full list of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s leisure centre
facilities can be found on
Will I have to pay more at another centre?
No, all the prices are the same across all Wigan Leisure and Culture
Trust’s leisure centres.
Is there going to be a new leisure centre?
There will be a new Profiles gym as part of the Joint Service Centre
project. This will include around 60 state-of-the art workstations, a
free weights area and two aerobics studios offering a full programme of
What facilities will be at the new pool?
The new pool will be 25 metres in length, however it will be 21
metres wide instead of the more usual 13 metre width, offering
additional capacity to a standard 25 metre pool. It will have a moveable
floor across the width of the pool to enable different activities to
take place in the pool, such as ‘fun’ and ‘serious’ swimming taking
place at the same time. The site will also contain a small pool for
learners sized 13 metres by 7.5 metres.
Artistic Impression of internal view of new pool
Why will there not be a 50 metre pool?
We recognise that a small proportion of our customers would prefer
that a 50 metre pool was retained, however, funding for the Joint
Service Centre would not allow either a refurbishment of the existing
facilities or the building of a 50 metre pool.
Additionally Sport England, the national body for sport, has
confirmed that it could not support the rebuilding of a 50 metre pool in
Wigan as three Olympic size pools are sufficient for the North West
region (these are located in Manchester, Stockport and Liverpool).
What about training facilities for Wigan Borough’s young competitive
Consultation with coaches of the swimming clubs has taken place and
has found that they will be able to train team members in the new 25
metre short course pool, providing them with modern facilities that meet
ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) standards.
Will there be Russian Baths or Steam Rooms?
A steam and sauna facility will be provided to compliment the Health
and Fitness facilities.
When will the new pool and gym be open?
The new facility is planned to open in 2010.
Will it be at the same address?
The new facilities will be on the site of the existing facilities
but the name and address of the complex will change.
If I already have a Lifestyle card do I need to join again at another
No, your Lifestyle Card gives you unlimited access to any of Wigan
Leisure and Culture Trust’s leisure centres (including benefits and
discounts such as free swimming for over 60s and age 16 and under).
However you may have to undertake a transfer induction if you will be
using another Profiles gym, this is free of charge.
Is free swimming available at the other leisure centres?
Yes, free swimming is available at all Wigan Leisure and Culture
Trust’s leisure centres. Please check with reception at individual
centres for their times or check
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Where can I find out more?
You can keep up to date by reviewing information on this web page.
Please contact 01942 828508 or email
LeisureEnquiries@wlct.org with any feedback or comments.
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