Wyre Forest Leisure Centre officially opened its doors to the public for the first time this morning (Wednesday 6 July). The £11.9 million project was completed on time and to budget.
Construction of the centre on Silverwoods Way in Kidderminster started just over a year ago, and now the modern, energy efficient centre is fully open.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:
“We are absolutely thrilled with the new leisure centre. It is just what the district needs. We set out to offer fantastic sporting and leisure opportunities for all residents and that’s what we’ve achieved. It is a wonderful asset to the district. ”
The new leisure centre includes a sports hall, six lane 25m swimming pool, learner pool with moveable floor, fitness suite, dance studios, climbing wall and small-sided outdoor pitches. It also has a cafe with viewing areas, a double height children’s adventure play area, a health suite with sauna and steam room and free parking.
Peter Kirkham, Development Director from Places for People Leisure, who won the contract to design, build, operate and manage the centre said:
“Places for People is delighted that Wyre Forest Leisure Centre has opened as planned. The project has been the result of a great team effort led by Wyre Forest District Council and with our construction partners Pellikaan Construction. We are confident that the new state of the art facilities will be well received by the local community, encouraging more people to participate in a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.”
The project won early support from Sport England. It awarded the Council £2million in lottery funds towards the centre.
Charles Johnson, Director of Property at Sport England, said:
“Congratulations to Wyre Forest District Council for delivering this amazing facility which makes being active accessible, affordable and fun. Having access to modern facilities like this can be a big draw for people thinking about getting active, and that’s why we are delighted to invest £2 million of National Lottery funding in the centre. Thanks to the impressive array of sports and activities on offer, it really can be used by everyone in the area, and I wish it every continued success.”
First in the queue to try the new centre were (from right to left) Julia Golds, Sassa Nasso and Nora Jennings.
The centre is open 6.30am-10pm Monday – Friday, 8am-8pm Saturdays and 8am-9pm on Sundays.
Details about membership of the new leisure centre can be found on PfP’s website
The class timetables, climbing wall booking and sports pitches and courts bookings can also be found on the website.