Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre is currently being demolished to make way for new development on the site.
The interior has been already dismantled and AR Demolition, the Council’s contractors, began demolishing the vacant leisure centre building, in Bromsgrove Street on Monday (23 January.)
The Glades, opened by The Princess of Wales in 1986, closed its doors for the final time in July 2016 following 30-years of service. The brand new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre, at Silverwoods Kidderminster, was opened in July to replace it.
Cllr Ian Hardiman, Wyre Forest Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said
“The demolition of the Glades Leisure Centre marks an important stage in our redevelopment of the eastern part of Kidderminster town centre and is part of our ongoing commitment to the town that has seen £2m spent on the public realm with a further £1m set to be spent on opening up Worcester Street to traffic again.
We have already begun to market the former Glades site, which has been re-branded as Lion Fields, through our retained agents Savills and we have received a healthy response to the initial Expression of Interest stage.
“We are now looking to invite detailed proposals from developers in line with the Development Framework, which was approved by the Cabinet at its meeting in July 2016. The Development Framework envisaged that this parcel of the site would be suitable for a mixed use cinema and leisure hub, and this will form the basis of our disposal of the site.
“By demolishing the Glades we are offering a more attractive site for the development market and this will help the redevelopment to occur at a quicker pace.
Further discussion regarding the disposal of this important first phase of Lion Fields, which is considered to be a catalyst for the wider development of this area, is due to be considered by the District Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee and Cabinet in February.”