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Birchwood Community Hub

FAQs

What is being planned?

Plans propose that Birchwood Library will be relocated into a redeveloped Tennis & Leisure Complex to create a new Community Hub for the area.

The facility will utilise LiveWire’s established and successful Hub model that places leisure and library services under one roof, to encourage people to participate in new activities to support mental and physical wellbeing.

When will the works commence?

Work is anticipated to begin in late 2022.

When is the new Hub going to open?

Following completion of construction works and fit-out, it is hoped that the site will re-open in early 2023 – exact date TBC.

Will the existing Complex need to close during construction?

It is anticipated that partial closure of certain areas will be required at different stages of the project. We hope to maintain access to the areas of the building unaffected, including access to the internal and external tennis courts for the full duration. A detailed plan of such works will be communicated in due course.

Is it a dementia friendly building?

Whilst we will not be seeking full accreditation for the building in the same way as was achieved at Great Sankey Neighbourhood Hub, the design and fit out of the building has all been deliberately planned with reference to the same dementia friendly guidance at all stages.

Who is the main contractor?

This is subject to an open tender process later in 2022

Will the Hub retain a gym?

Yes, there will be a newly fitted out fitness suite with accessible and modern equipment which will include functional fitness space and free weights area. Members do not need to pre-book to use the gym, and can stay as long as they like within opening hours.

What other work is taking place?

  • Refurbishment of the current reception desk and surrounding spaces with additional seating and improved area for tennis retail items.
  • Refurbishment of the core leisure changing room facilities.
    A new, additional, fitness studio dedicated for group cycle sessions on the ground floor.
  • An expansion of the existing first floor studio to create greater capacity.

How will I check-in when I arrive?

Members will be able to use the new self-service machine on arrival to enable access. For prompt entry to the gym and studios we ask customers to remember to bring their membership cards with them.

Will there be any changes to the current tennis programme?

The existing external and internal tennis courts will be retained and no changes are proposed to the current programme.

Will you be providing additional exercise classes and are they included in my membership?

Yes, the combination of an extended studio along with a new studio will enable an increased programme of group exercise classes to run seven days per week including group cycle, yoga, pilates, and Les Mills classes. Both studios will also include scheduled and on-demand virtual group fitness sessions to expand the programme offering.

These are all included in the cost of your membership or can also be accessed on a pay-as-you-go basis.

How do I book classes?

You can book classes online via the website or LiveWire App, or alternatively you can book via telephone or by calling into the Hub. Classes are bookable eight days in advance.

Will you provide lockers?

Yes, lockers will continue to be available for use by customers close to the changing areas.

Are food and drinks available for purchase?

Yes, the existing vending machines provision on the ground floor will be maintained, enabling hot & cold drinks and snacks to be purchased.

Are there any community / meeting rooms available for hire?

Yes, the ‘Champions Suite’ will be retained and available to hire.

Are there any facilities for bike storage?

Yes, bicycle spaces are available in a covered area close to the Hub building.

Do I have to be a LiveWire member to use the Hub?

No, whilst we would encourage all potential customers and visitors to the Hub to consider the benefits of a LiveWire membership which will open up access to a whole range of additional services and activities, there is no need to be a member to visit the Hub, relax in the Hub, nor to stay and simply socialise.

I want to become a member. How do I join?

Please visit our website to find out more about our membership options:
https://livewirewarrington.co.uk/join-livewire

Where is the new library?

Located on the ground floor, achieved by the transformation of an underutilised bar area and associated space into a modern. The open plan library offer will include a children’s area. The library will operate as part of the existing network of LiveWire libraries across Warrington.

When will the library be open for use?

The library offer in the new Hub will be available to use whenever the building is open and so will be accessible for a longer duration than the present library facility in Birchwood.

Will you have computers for public use?

There are public computer facilities, along with wi-fi access for your own devices all within a flexible ground floor space available for use by all customers.

Do I have to pay just to use the library?

Membership to LiveWire libraries is free and open to anyone who resides in the UK.

You will need to register with LiveWire on a Starter card, which can be done online or in your local LiveWire facility. The Starter card will give you access to LiveWire libraries and leisure facilities on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Will the new library have any effect on the current arrangements for spectators?

No, the existing tennis hall access is unchanged along with retaining the benches available for spectators. The new library will also be flexibly designed in such a way that spectators may also continue to use this space near to the viewing window by the tennis hall.

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