Council breaks ground for new leisure centre in Five Towns
Cllr Jacquie Speight at the site
Construction of this state-of-the-art flagship Leisure and Wellbeing Hub is actively underway and is expected to open its doors in autumn next year.
Contractors are setting up site offices, worker facilities and boundary fencing. Today, work starts on drainage and other infrastructure, to be followed by construction of the building and its amenities.
The council is acting on its promise to deliver this £20.8million first-class facility for the Five Towns which will create new opportunities for the health and wellbeing of residents.
When completed it will be the largest leisure centre in the district and will create a number of new jobs. In addition, the Council is working with NEW College to ensure that the facilities can be utilised as part of the wider sport curriculum and valuable work experience for students studying leisure or wellbeing courses.
During a visit to the site, Cllr Jacquie Speight, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "The benefits are enormous and will have a lasting impact and a role in tackling health issues such as childhood obesity, long-term respiratory and circulatory diseases and mental health conditions.
"The facility will have something for everyone, whether you just want to have fun as a family, want to lose weight, get fit or learn to swim."
The facility will feature a 10-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor and a splash pad water confidence area, along with a pool viewing gallery.
It will also have a 115-station health and fitness gym, exercise studios and a dedicated spin studio, a café space which will be available to users of the park, providing a long awaited service, as well as a children's soft activity area and 'clip and climb' activity.
Outdoors there will be four tennis courts, outdoor changing facilities, a full size synthetic grass pitch and outdoor interactive play area, wellness garden and outdoor seating.
There will be ample parking space able to accommodate over 200 vehicles and cycle parking. The car park will include electric vehicle charge points.
The leisure centre is to replace three aging facilities in the Five Towns. They have reached the end of their expected life, become too expensive to maintain and are jointly unable to meet the growing demands of the population.
Knottingley Sports Centre (built 1969) and Castleford Swimming Pool (built 1983) have already been closed while Pontefract Pool, built in 1985, will be closed when the new leisure centre opens.
To keep up to date with progress keep an eye on the Wakefield Council website - where a number of pictures and information about the site will be posted as the site develops.