State of the art swimming facilities completed at Merthyr Tydfill


Brand-new swim facilities at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre have now opened, thanks to a £6 million investment secured by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

The regeneration project, led by Alliance Leisure through the UK Leisure Framework, sees swim facilities reintroduced to the leisure centre after an extended period of closure, with modular pool provider Myrtha Pools leading the expert installation.

Works have included the development of a new 25m, six-lane main pool, a dedicated teaching pool offering a full swimming education programme plus a new splash pool designed to inspire water confidence and deliver engaging sensory experiences for toddlers. The changing facilities have also been redesigned to improve the overall visitor experience.

In addition, efficient heat and circulation pumps plus extra solar panels have been installed in a move that is expected to significantly reduce carbon emissions.

Kevin Burns, UK business development manager at Myrtha Pools said: “Public pool accessibility is hugely important to local communities, aiding health and wellbeing efforts as well affording opportunity for learning and skills development.

“Our stainless-steel solution will help tackle one of the biggest challenges facing local operators across the country, which is rising energy costs, while delivering a space for families and people of all ages to enjoy. We’ve been delighted to collaborate on this project with Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and Alliance, creating long-term leisure facilities that will be used for generations to come.”

Speaking of the opening, Councillor Geraint Thomas, Leader, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see swimming reintroduced at the leisure centre. Swimming is a life skill that should be accessible to everyone, especially children. It is great to see so many people enjoying the new facilities and to know that the decarbonisation works completed as part of the project have improved the energy efficiency and created a sustainable future for the building.”

Halo Leisure has recently been appointed to manage Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre. Richard Preece, Business Development Manager, Halo Leisure, said: ““We are absolutely delighted to bring Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre into our management portfolio. The investment in the new aquatic facilities creates exciting opportunities and we will work closely with the Council to get more people more active more often in the pool.”

The new facilities officially opened on Saturday, May 25. Gillian Dunster, Business Development Manager, Alliance Leisure, adds: “This project has been a truly collaborative effort. Working with partners through the UK Leisure Framework, which is owned and managed by Denbighshire Leisure Limited (DLL), including Universal Construction, Myrtha Pools, Savernake Property Consultants and architects, BGH, we were able to bring leisure specialism to every aspect of the project, maximising efficiencies and expertise to deliver an outcome that will serve the community for many years to come.”

The leisure centre remained open throughout the build so people could continue to benefit from the sports hall, racket sports, the fitness suite and the exercise studios.

Councillor Geraint Thomas concludes: “Working with Alliance Leisure we achieved an outcome that will deliver huge benefit to the community. Swimming is now firmly back on the timetable and the community has a full complement of sport and leisure facilities to support a happy, healthy active life at all stages of their life journey. The sustainability works carried out also support the council’s net zero ambitions, creating a leisure centre that is fit for purpose both now and long into the future.”


Photo credit: Adam Shaw-Alliance Leisure