Local companies are benefitting thanks to the new leisure centre being built in the district.
Wyre Forest District Council awarded the contract to Places for People Leisure in partnership with Pellikaan Construction Ltd and their architects Roberts Limbrick. It is for the design, build, and to operate the new leisure centre.
The construction of the new facility has led to an enormous benefit to local companies within the district as 54% of the total project cost has been invested on sub-contracts to 41 local firms. This includes contracts with Loxley, a Kidderminster based scaffolding company, Adstone Construction Ltd in Droitwich for the structural steelwork and Midland Erection Ltd in Brierley Hill for the roof and wall cladding.
Theo Lutt, Contract Manager from Pellikaan said:
“Wherever possible we source our sub-contractors locally to the project we’re working on. So far, on Wyre Forest Leisure Centre more than 54% of our business has been placed to firms within a 25 mile radius of the site. There are a large proportion of specialist skills and products needed for a leisure facility build, for example, the swimming pool installation or movable floor in the learner pool and sports hall dividing wall, and therefore we do not always have the option to use local firms. However, over the years, Pellikaan has established a network of leisure specialists throughout England, and so we are using our electrical installations partner Barrie Beard from Bromsgrove as well as several other specialists based south of Birmingham including CJ Furey from Birmingham for groundworks and B&L Fencing Bromsgrove. Lots of other local businesses are benefiting too as we use nearby retailers on a daily basis. ”
Wyre Forest District Council’s £11.9 million project is well on its way to being completed by the summer. The new leisure centre will include a six court sports hall, six lane 25 metre 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:
“We are now just a few months away from opening a state of the art leisure centre for Wyre Forest residents. It will offer fantastic leisure opportunities for everyone in a modern, energy efficient building and save the Council up to £500,000 a year. It’s great that it has also been benefiting the business community and that local companies have been instrumental in getting us to this point. “
Councillor John Campion, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration said:
“The creation of a new leisure for the district is another important and exciting part of the regeneration programme we are driving forward across Wyre Forest. It will provide a great place for people of all ages to meet and enjoy their leisure time and will set a benchmark for others to follow in terms of an exceptional building and facilities.”
More information about the new leisure centre is available on our new lesiure centre webpages. There are progress shots of the build and also a fly-through video of an artist’s impression of what it will look like.