Wyre Forest’s new state of the art leisure centre is now half way through its construction. The landmark building will offer fantastic leisure opportunities for the community in a modern, energy efficient centre.
Today (Tuesday 26th January) colleagues from Wyre Forest District Council, Places for People Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and Roberts Limbrick architects took a tour of the building. It is being built on the former British Sugar site at Silverwoods, on the Stourport Road between Kidderminster and Stourport. Delegates saw the progress of the different areas of the centre and its facilities.
Wyre Forest District Council’s £11.9 million project is well on its way to being completed by the summer. The new centre will be managed and operated by Places for People Leisure. It will include a six court sports hall, six lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool with moveable floor, fitness suite, dance studios, climbing wall and small outdoor football pitches. The new facility will also include a café with viewing areas, a double height adventure play area, a poolside health suite with steam room and sauna and free parking.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said: “The progress made on the new leisure centre is fantastic and we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone in the build. We’re now looking forward to welcoming the public to the centre in the summer. It is going to offer fantastic leisure opportunities for everyone in a modern, energy efficient building. It will also save the Council up to £500,000 a year.”
Places for People Leisure is looking forward to the opening of the centre this summer, as Peter Kirkham, Development Director explain“This partnership with Wyre Forest District Council is an incredibly strong one that has been nurtured over the past few years. We have all worked hard to reach this point and it is fantastic to see how far the project has come along in the past few months. Now that construction is past the half way point, the local community is one step closer to having a state of the art leisure facility in Wyre Forest. Our aims, as they were at the start of these project, continues to be to focus on how we, along with the local council, can create ways in which to improve the health and wellbeing of the Wyre Forest community. This ties in well with the government’s latest sports strategy which stipulates that sport and health should be united and delivered by local authorities as a whole. Soon residents will be able to partake in a range of activities at the new high quality facility and confidently engage in exercise and sport.”
Places for People Leisure currently partners 35 local authorities, managing 113 leisure centres across England. Its sites attract over 30 million visits every year and in the past seven years the award winning organisation has built 13 new leisure facilities.
Sport England has funded £2 million towards the cost of the project. Steve Welch, Relationship Manager, Capital Projects from Sport England said: “By contributing this lottery grant funding, Sport England are able to support Wyre Forest District Council in their investment into community sport and physical activity. The range and quality of the facilities in this new centre are extremely impressive and it will be a fantastic benefit to the local community, helping to get the nation more active. We look forward to working alongside Wyre Forest District Council and Places for People Leisure over the coming years in delivering excellent leisure services for the local community.”