Doncaster’s iconic leisure facility, The Dome, is set to undergo a transformative £14.4 million refurbishment after receiving approval from Doncaster Council’s cabinet. This significant investment promises to rejuvenate the largest leisure complex in the area, enhancing its appeal to residents and visitors alike.
Constructed in the late 1980s and opening its doors in 1989, The Dome quickly established itself as one of Europe’s most extensive leisure facilities. It became a foundational element in the development of the 130-hectare Lakeside regeneration area. Over the years, The Dome has not only served generations of Doncaster’s community but has also been a vital cultural and recreational asset, fostering local investment and development.
The refurbishment plan includes a comprehensive update to The Lagoons and the entrance area, both of which will be closed for one year to facilitate the upgrades. However, the rest of the site will remain accessible to the public during this period. Additionally, the project will encompass various mechanical and building improvements throughout the facility.
Councillor Nigel Ball, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities, Leisure, and Culture, emphasized the importance of this investment. “The Dome has been a cornerstone of community and cultural engagement in Doncaster since its inception. This refurbishment is not just about restoring the building to its former glory; it’s about securing its future for the next generations,” he stated.
This investment is also crucial for the sustainability of the Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT), with The Dome being the largest contributor to the Trust’s funding. The support from The Dome aids in subsidizing other leisure centres across the borough, highlighting its significance within the community.
In recognition of its architectural and historical value, The Dome was awarded Grade II listed status by Historic England in 2023. This listing underscores the facility’s importance and the need for careful preservation and enhancement.
The final decision on the approval of the refurbishment scheme will be made by the full council on February 26, marking a pivotal moment for the future of leisure and culture in Doncaster.
As The Dome prepares for a new chapter, its revitalization is poised to reaffirm its status as a key destination for leisure and entertainment, promising improved facilities and experiences for all its visitors.