Cardiff Blues set to make Pentwyn a permanent base

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Cardiff Blues will take over the running of Pentwyn Leisure Centre and adopt it as a full-time training base as well as running a community leisure facility, according to plans revealed by Cardiff Council.

Under a review of current leisure facilities in the city, Pentwyn will be removed from the contract that GLL/Better Cardiff currently hold to operate leisure facilities on behalf of the council, undergo a refurbishment and then be handed over to Cardiff Blues, who have been using the leisure centre as a temporary training base during the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposals state that the upstairs area of the building would be for the sole use of Cardiff Blues, while the downstairs area would be reconfigured to to provide a cross-fit gym, main hall, 25m swimming pool, community rooms, a catering concession and office space for the rugby club.

Outdoor facilities would also be improved with a new full-size artificial surface installed as well as a new mini artificial surface pitch, while Cardiff Blues would develop a community rugby hub that will offer access to medical and physio services as well as learning and apprenticeship opportunities.

The plans will need approval from a Council Cabinet Meeting held on Thursday 18th March and, subject to planning approval, work on the swimming pool could begin immediately. Other work would then wait until areas of the building leased to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board until February 2022 are available.

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