Wokingham Carnival Hub will open in July

WOKINGHAM’s new flagship community center is about to open.

The multimillion-pound Carnival Hub, which includes a leisure center and a new home for the Wokingham Library, is in its final stages of completion.

Swimming pools, children’s wading pools, a health room (salt and steam bath), fitness studios including a group bike studio, a cafe, a multi-purpose sports room and a space for cultural performances of 400 places are part of the new center.

The main pool has been filled in, while the first floor studios are now complete and ready for the arrival of fitness equipment in early June. The main gym is also nearing completion.

Following delays, the leisure center is now expected to open in mid-July, date to be confirmed as soon as possible.

Cllr Ian Shenton, Executive Member for Environment, Sport and Leisure, said: “We are really delighted that the Carnival Hub is opening its doors this summer. Moving the construction of such a large building forward during the pandemic is no small feat and although we are facing a short delay in completion, we are still ahead of schedule to open this incredible facility. sports and leisure. We continue to invest significantly in our sports and recreation facilities. The Hub will be a real focal point for the community and will have state-of-the-art facilities to help residents improve their health and well-being.

The hub will also include a large cafe in the entrance area, changing toilets and a brand new home for the Wokingham Library, as well as flexible cultural use of spaces such as the gym.

The library is expected to open on schedule later in the summer, once their fit-up is complete and dates agreed for the transfer of books and equipment from the existing site to the Hub. To prepare the new library, over a kilometer of shelving must be installed, ready to hold over 55,000 books and library items.

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