WHBC and GLL celebrate the opening of new-look changing rooms at Hatfield Swim Centre

Councillors and Ka Ng (Chief exec of WHBC) in reception

WHBC and its leisure partner GLL, have completed a major refurbishment of the wet side changing rooms at Hatfield Swim Centre, offering a more modern and comfortable experience for customers.

The refurbishment took five weeks to complete and involved an extensive overhaul of the changing area. Among the many improvements are new LED lighting, a new colour scheme and improved facilities to make the whole Swim Centre experience more enjoyable.

The refurbished changing rooms were officially opened on 23 November, with a presentation attended by the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Pankit Shah, Leader of the Council, Cllr Paul Zukowskyj and Chief Executive Ka Ng, plus GLL’s General Manager Vishal Karia, Partnership Manager, Jeremy Lake, and other staff members.

The project cost £72,000 and was partly funded by Section 106 grant funding which comes from local developers to support local community provision.

New grey and white lockers


The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive, with many praising the new look and feel of the changing area, the improved lighting, the new vanity area, and the seating area.

Councillor Max Holloway, Executive Member for Community and Leisure, said:

I’m very pleased to see the completed refurbishment, which is a fantastic example of how we’re investing in our leisure facilities to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. The new changing rooms are modern, bright, and spacious and offer a much better experience for our customers. I would like to thank GLL for their partnership and dedication in helping deliver this project. Come and try out the new facilities for yourself!

General Manager, Vishal Karia, said: “We are delighted to unveil our new wet side changing rooms, which have been transformed into a more welcoming and comfortable space for our customers. This project showcases what can be achieved with a strong partnership with GLL and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council. We hope that our customers will enjoy the new facilities and continue to visit us for all their swimming and fitness needs.”

New sinks and mirrors with blue painted wall


Hatfield Swim Centre is in the centre of Hatfield and has a wide range of activities to suit all ages and abilities. From a 33-metre swimming pool and over 50 pieces of gym kit, to more than 20 fitness classes a week including Yoga, Pilates, and Aqua Aerobics.

For more information about Hatfield Swim Centre and its services, please visit the website or call 01707 276276.

Published: 5th December 2023