THE newly-refurbished Urmston Leisure Centre has opened its doors again following a £7m redevelopment.

The centre has also earned praise for its ‘sustainability’.

Renamed move Urmston, the building has undergone an extensive refit and after lockdown hit, the official reopening was delayed.

Now open to the public again, membership at the centre has already risen.

And now the refurbishment, funded by Trafford Council, has been highlighted in a prestigious magazine for the architecture industry.

The council was praised for its commitment to public health, as well as ensuring the centre was greener, more efficient and reduced its carbon footprint.

The rebuilding work itself was hailed for its ‘innovative use of natural light’ and ventilation that saves energy.

Architects 5 Plus also earned praise for their work.

The former entrance of the leisure centre is now home to a climbing wall, designed by a local eight-year-old.

Cllr Liz Patel, Trafford Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “I am delighted that the redevelopment has been praised – and that our focus on health and wellbeing is highlighted.

“It is more important than ever that we all live active lifestyles and our leisure facilities are a really important feature of that.

“If you live or work in or around Urmston, I would urge you to visit the leisure centre and see the amazing range of activities going on. There is something for everyone.”

Jo Cherrett, from Trafford Leisure, said: “It is fantastic that our redeveloped facility is being recognised for its innovative, inclusive and sustainable design. It is a space that welcomes and inspires people to try something new.

“Move Urmston is so much more than a leisure centre, and we have loved bringing this community hub to life for the people of Trafford.”