Construction Milestone Reached For Yorkshire Leisure Centre

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Construction Milestone Reached For Yorkshire Leisure Centre

Construction Milestone Reached For Yorkshire Leisure Centre

Construction on a brand new £15 million leisure centre complex in Liversedge, West Yorkshire has reached a major milestone with the erection and installation of the main steel framework.

While the steel frame phase of the construction on Spen Valley Leisure Centre is due to continue until October 2020, the Telegraph and Argus report that the full construction programme is on schedule, and the brand new state-of-the-art facility will open as planned in the winter of 2021-22.

Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “This is a major development project that will provide truly outstanding state-of-the-art leisure facilities for residents of all ages in the Spen Valley.

“Despite the challenges of the pandemic over the last few months we remain fully committed to delivering long-awaited investments all over Kirklees, including the Spen Valley Leisure Centre.”

He added that it was ‘fantastic’ to see the leisure centre taking shape on the site, neighbouring the old Spenborough Fitness Complex, and he was very pleased to see how much progress had been made.

The new leisure centre aims to be fully inclusive and accessible for all members of the local community. It will include facilities for people with disabilities, a design which is friendly for dementia sufferers, and a cafe that can be used for meetings and socialising by groups utilising the Princess Mary Activity Complex and track and field stadium.

The £15 million Spen Valley Leisure Centre facility will include a two-storey atrium reception area, a large fitness suite, two fitness studios with flexibility for other use, a cycling studio, an 8 lane, 25-metre main pool, an activity pool 20m x 10m with moveable floor, and spectator seating in the pool areas.

There will also be an extensive changing village including family cubicles, baby change facilities, and changing areas for team events, ensuring there are facilities to meet the needs of all patrons.

The current restrictions imposed on many businesses due to the coronavirus mean that some of the smaller leisure and fitness centres in the Kirklees council district, including Spenborough Fitness Complex, which has been unable to reopen since the lockdown measures were eased.

The old design of the Spenborough Fitness Complex includes multi-level design and access routes throughout, which has made it unsuitable for adherence to the additional hygiene and social distancing requirements.

The old fitness complex was scheduled to be removed on completion of the Spen Valley Leisure Centre, but Kirklees Council and Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) have decided to bring the removal of Spenborough Fitness Complex forward, and therefore it will not be reopening again at all.

The council hopes that the removal of the fitness complex will be a benefit to the completion of a new car park and other external facilities for Spen Valley Leisure Centre in time for its opening to help improve the experience for patrons on the facility.

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