Skip to content
  1. Do it online
  2. Login
  3. Have your say
  4. My Durham

Consultation outcomes on Peterlee Leisure Centre facilities

Leisure transformation proposals at Peterlee Leisure Centre.


See our Leisure transformation consultation page for information about the leisure transformation project.

What we proposed in October 2021

Proposals at a glance

The table below shows the planned changes at a glance:

ActivityCurrent space or activityProposed space or activity
SwimmingYesImproved facility
Sports hallYesSpace to be changed to include the ten pin bowling
Adventure playNoNew activity
Interactive Adventure (TAG)NoNew activity
GymYesImproved facility
Group exercise studioYesImproved facility
Sauna and steam roomYesNo change
Food and drinkNoNew activity
Ten pin bowlingNoNew activity
Squash courtsYesSpace to be changed to accommodate the gym

Proposals in more detail

Adventure play

We proposed to install play facilities and create an activity that is focused on fun as well as increasing family participation in physical activity and play. One of the five big issues identified by Sport England's Uniting the Movement Strategy is the provision of positive experiences for children and young people and embedding physical activity through fun from an early age. There will also be benefits for individuals and the community in terms of enhanced social and mental wellbeing.

Sports hall

We proposed to change half of the sports hall to offer a mix of activities such as adventure play and ten pin bowling. We will work with any clubs and groups who are affected by this change to support access to other activities and/or other facilities elsewhere.

TAG active

We proposed to include an arena based game designed to test strategy, speed, agility, awareness and bravery. TAG active promotes fitness, fun and competition. The arena itself contains a complicated structure of inter-connected activity areas. Each area contains challenges that require a mixture of physical and mental agility. 


We proposed to move the gym to a new space within the centre, retaining all of the current benefits but moving to a new space to create a dedicated fitness suite, with new equipment and improved group exercise spaces.

Ten pin bowling 

We proposed to add ten pin bowling to the centre to create a fun experience, providing an activity which can be enjoyed by both the local and wider community. 

Food and drink

We proposed to add healthy food and drinks to our new play spaces. This will help to support and maintain the sustainability of the centre, but it will also add to the overall experience and provide a much-needed opportunity to create social spaces. These will be key for the community in recovering from the pandemic, and will help support our ongoing work to improve wellbeing through social interactions.

Floor plan

See the  Icon for pdf Peterlee Leisure Centre proposed floor plan (PDF, 1.3mb)  for how the space will be laid out.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on Friday 12 November 2021.

Consultation outcomes

We would like to thank everyone who gave us their feedback on proposals to make changes to Peterlee Leisure Centre. There was lots of interest shown through our digital survey, social media channels, face to face sessions and through several special interest groups.

The feedback has now been looked at and has helped shape how we take the work forward. The following has been agreed:

  • The proposals will proceed broadly as planned to introduce the changes to the facilities and activities. 
  • There were many comments about the future activity programme. Now that the facilities and activity offer have been confirmed, we are now in a position to review the programme and we will take your comments into account where possible. This will be shared with customers and residents as it develops.
  • We will contact clubs and key users who provided specific comments on the impact to them to see how we can best manage the changes.

We are looking to start the work later this year. Full details of start date, length of work and the impact it will have on access to the leisure centre during that time will be publicised as soon as the final details are confirmed. This will be shared with you through this website, at the centre, and directly with leisure centre members, clubs and groups. 

Contact us
Customer Services
03000 26 0000