We are continuing to progress planning for the replacement of St Albans Leisure Centre with an Australian-first Health and Wellbeing Hub – the centrepiece of which will be a state-of-the-art aquatic and leisure centre.
You can keep up to date with how the project is progressing via the project page.
Planned centre closure – April 2020
So that we can build the health and wellbeing hub – including a new aquatic and leisure centre, St Albans Leisure Centre is planned to close in April 2020.
We recognise this news will be disappointing for some members, but we’re confident you’re going to love the facility that will be built in its place.
In the meantime, while the hub is being built, we’ll have plenty of options for you to stay healthy and active, including:
- A Pop-Up Gym near Keilor Downs Community Centre
- Group fitness classes at Keilor Downs Community Centre
- Access to Sunshine Leisure Centre
More information will be made available over the coming months as details are confirmed. In the meantime here are some answers to questions we think our members may have:
When will construction start?
Construction is expected to start in mid-2020.
When will the new centre be ready?
Construction is expected to start in mid-2020 with timelines - subject to change - anticipating that construction would be completed in early 2022.
More details about project timelines will be confirmed closer to that date.
What leisure and aquatic facilities will be included in the redevelopment?
The following indoor facilities are proposed to be included:
- Two water slides
- A 50m, ten lane competition pool with moveable boom and access ramp
- Leisure water/Learn to Swim Program Pool
- Warm Water Program Pool with adjoining spas
- Water play unit and splash pad
- Dry and steam saunas
- A large gym with 24-hour access
- Group fitness/function rooms
- A wellness centre including a community program room
Other features will include a café, multiple wet and dry change rooms, including family change, and a crèche.
What are my options after St Albans Leisure Centre closes?
There will be a number of options for members to stay active while the St Albans Leisure Centre is closed.
We’ll be setting up an awesome Pop-Up Gym near Keilor Downs Community Centre and running group fitness classes at Keilor Downs Community Centre. Members will also have access to the facilities and programs at Sunshine Leisure Centre.
We’ll have more information available in the coming months.
What are my membership options once St Albans Leisure Centre closes?
Discounted memberships will be available to existing members wanting to retain their membership during this time but accessing the Pop-Up Gym and group fitness classes and Keilor Downs Community Centre only.
Pop-Up Gym and Group Fitness Membership Fee Structure
Pop-up Gym and Group Fitness Family
$60 per fortnight
Pop-up Gym and Group Fitness Adult
$25 per fortnight
Pop-up Gym and Group Fitness Concession/Student
$22 per fortnight
Pop-up Gym and Group Fitness Senior
$15 per fortnight
If you'd like to access Sunshine Leisure Centre and the Pop-Up Gym and group fitness classes at Keilor Downs Community Centre, simply retain your current membership.
All St Albans Leisure Centre members will be contacted over the coming months to discuss membership options.
Will the new aquatic and leisure centre be bigger?
While the design of the facility is still to be finalised, the plans include an increase to the footprint of the indoor aquatic and leisure space available compared to the current leisure centre.
Will the gym be bigger?
While the final design is still to be determined, the gym area will be significantly bigger. We're also planning to include 24-hour access to the gym.
In addition to the gym, Council is planning three (3) group fitness/function rooms and a wellness centre including a community program room.
Will there be more programs and classes on offer?
Programs and classes will be determined closer to the completion of construction. It's expected that due to the increased size of the venue, there'll be a wider range of services and classes provided at the facility.
Will there be any outdoor water space?
While there are no plans to build outdoor water space at the St Albans Health and Wellbeing Hub at this stage, the site masterplan does include options for further development on the site to include outdoor water space if needed in the future.
Outdoor pools come at a significant cost to build and operate. Evidence from around Victoria shows they have limited use as they tend to only operate for 4-6 months of the year.
We're planning to significantly increase indoor water space and will include a 50m, ten-lane competition pool inside the facility. This will mean the community will now have access to this size pool throughout the year – instead of just during the summer months.
We’ll also be able to meet the needs of local schools for swimming carnivals year round.
How will construction impact on swimming lessons?
A restructured learn to swim program is being introduced at Sunshine Leisure Centre to enable more enrolments to accommodate families wanting to move children across for lessons when St Albans closes for construction.
We’ll have more information available in the coming months.
Will Council still manage the new aquatic and leisure centre when it opens?
Yes. The facility will be built on Council-owned land and will be owned by Council as a community resource. Council plans to manage the aquatic and leisure facility once constructed.
What happens to my membership when the new centre opens?
If you remain an active member during the construction of the new facility, your current membership will provide you access to the new facility.
Will I have to re-join the leisure centre when the new centre is built?
Only members who do not hold an active membership at the time the new facility is opened will need to re-join.
Will membership prices increase when the new centre opens?
Council sets the membership prices through the annual budget process and takes into consideration a number of factors to set the prices. The actual prices will not be known until closer to completion of the facility.
Will there be enough parking available at the hub?
A new carpark with 300 parking spaces is planned.