Two giant 'leisure hubs' at Isleworth Recreation Centre and Feltham Airparcs could see gym bunnies and book worms sipping their energy drinks and cappuccinos side by side.

The idea of centralising the leisure activities at Isleworth Recreation Centre and Feltham Airparcs, by combining sports centres, pools, libraries and childcare under one roof, was first announced when Fusion Lifestyle took over the council's sport and leisure provision last year.

But this week the ambitious plans finally went on public display, along with proposals to refurbish Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre and New Chiswick Pool.

Council leader Peter Thompson said: "The idea of the combined leisure and library 'hubs' is to pull together community facilities, and by adding shared cafes and social areas, create a variety of spaces where all members of the community can enjoy leisure activities.

"Our leisure centres have long been in need of redevelopment, which is why we made a commitment to invest an additional £2 million to improve the borough's parks, libraries and leisure facilities."

The design proposals were created by Fusion based on feedback from existing users and staff and they hope to start work this summer following a comprehensive consultation process.

Fusion director of business development Tim Mills said he was confident the work could be carried out without 'significant disruption' to existing services.

He added: "The proposals are part of our long term commitment to improving the community's experience at their local sport and fitness centres. We want to know what people think about the plans and ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for local residents to be involved.

"All being well, the new facilities should be available for use by Christmas 2009."

Display boards outlining the plans are now available for viewing by the public at each of the centres until  Friday February 6.

There will also be open meetings at Feltham Airparcs Leisure Centre, at 7pm, on February 3, and Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre, at 7pm, on February 4.

Please hand in feedback forms at the centres or send suggestions to IRC@theclarksonalliance.com for Isleworth.
 
Feltham Airparcs Hub
A new entrance and reception area will be built in the gap between the two blocks in front of the building and all the existing buildings will radiate off from this hub.
The existing Hanworth library will move into the hub which will also feature a creche and a large cafe, which will open onto a newly landscaped courtyard. Stairs and a new lift will lead to a gym with two exercise studios.
The pool changing facilities will be fully refurbished with improved facilities for families and groups.
The disused tennis courts will be reinstated and provided with flood lighting, and possibly a new multisport surface. 

Isleworth Hub
A new entrance will be built at the front of Isleworth Recreation Centre to provide a link with the next door library building. It will also provide a covered entrance to Redlees Park, house a new cafe and lead to a new creche next to the existing children's library.
The swimming pool will have its original glazed facade reinstated, allowing natural light into the pool hall and providing swimmers with views of Redlees Park. There are also plans for a new water feature to be created in the existing tower.
Changing facilities will be refurbished to offer improved facilities for families and groups. A larger state-of-the-art gym is proposed with a new exercise studio.
The surrounding will be landscaped the existing multi-use sports pitches will be resurfaced.

Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre
The proposals include a new design for the entrance and reception plus refurbishment of the changing areas and toilet facilities. The existing fitness suite will also be remodelled, the cafe will be refreshed and a small juice bar added on the poolside terrace.

New Chiswick Pool
The old gym will become a crche and cafe and a new enlarged reception and foyer will lead up to a new gym and studio on the first floor. The pool changing rooms will also be refurbished and enlarged.