NHS services could move into Whitehaven Sports Centre as part of a £2.2 million revamp.

Copeland Council, which owns the centre at Flatt Walks, and operator GLL have drawn up plans for the project, which would also see a climbing wall installed as part of a new adventure play area.

GLL, which runs the centre under its Better brand, is running a consultation on the project until Tuesday.

The proposed revamp includes a relocated and extended gym with new equipment, a new group cycle studio and a permanent gymnastics area.

Adventure play including a climbing wall is set to be installed, along with a new coffee corner.

The sports hall is set to be refurbished, with new health and fitness changing rooms and new access controls.

It is understood that the link-up with the NHS would see some space in the centre provided for consultation and treatment rooms for sports, health and wellbeing services, enabling people to access treatment and recovery services under one roof.

There is no plan to close or relocate doctors' surgeries.

A £2 million bid has been submitted to Copeland Community Fund to pay for the bulk of the work, while Copeland Council has already set aside the remaining £198,980 towards the project.

The council's executive will discuss the plans on June 24, followed by full council the following day. They will be asked to agree the spending as part of the council's capital programme.

Mayor of Copeland Mike Starkie said: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is crucial to our contract with GLL and the running of our leisure facilities.

“We have put significant investment into Copeland Pool and Fitness Centre and Cleator Moor Activity Centre, and we appreciate that Whitehaven Sports Centre is in need of similar investment and is therefore next on our projects agenda.

“We continue to work closely with GLL on the Sports Centre redevelopment plan, and we will continue to ensure the leisure contract encourages people to be more physically active and our facilities are accessible to all our residents.”

A GLL spokesman said: "As a charitable social enterprise, we remain committed to providing communities with affordable and accessible sport, leisure and recreational facilities.

"In partnership with Copeland Borough Council we’re delighted to be developing a project that will see £2million invested into Whitehaven Sports Centre."

Initial consultation was held in October 2017, with Copeland residents asked for their feedback about the potential development project.

Information from that survey helped shape the current proposals.

Plans can be viewed at the sports centre and the GLL spokesman said the latest views submitted by the public will be used to inform the next steps of the project.