Five Towns Leisure and Wellbeing Hub

Work is well underway on the £20.8 million Five Towns Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract Park.

Due to open in autumn 2020, the hub will be the largest of its kind ever built in the Wakefield district. Facilities will include a 10-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor, and a splash pad water confidence area. There will also be a gym, exercise studios, climbing activity, café and soft play area, meeting and referral rooms for community use, tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full size 3G artificial grass pitch, and car parking.

Update - July 2019

Builders are now on site and so far we have:

  • Erected site hoardings for public safety, and put in place a new temporary block walkway to support pedestrians moving from the roundabout entrance to the park.
  • Demolished the old golf hut and associated buildings, and provided an access path to help facilitate racecourse car parking.
  • Completed pre-commencement planning conditions, including a detailed archaeological trenching study.
  • Begun bulk excavations of the area that will be under the facility’s car park, and installed attenuation tanks here.
 

Site cabins are being set up within the area of the build, which will provide office space and facilities, and a lot of earth will be moving off the site over the coming weeks.

Next steps

We anticipate completing the foundations of the pool in early July. This is the first key step in its build.

Work to the overflow car park will be carried out by mid-August. This area will become parking for site visitors and building staff during the facility’s construction.

We hope to begin steel work construction on sit by mid-August.

January 2019

Work will start next month on the £20.8million Five Towns Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract Park.

Planning permission has now been granted and work on site will begin in March. The hub will be the largest of its kind ever built in the Wakefield district.

Facilities at the leisure centre will include a 10-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor, and a splash pad water confidence area.

The centre will also have a gym, exercise studios, climbing activity, café and soft play area as well as meeting and referral rooms for community use.

Outside there will be four tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full size 3G Artificial Grass pitch and car parking.

Councillor Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said:
"This is fantastic news for the Five Towns as people will get the first class facilities they deserve, benefitting current residents and future generations.

"This new, state-of-the art leisure facility will give people the chance to access sport, recreation, social and wellbeing activities, and enjoy a healthy life.

"It will play a part in tackling health issues such as childhood obesity, long term respiratory and circulatory diseases, and mental health conditions. It will also support our efforts to reduce social isolation among older people."

The flagship leisure facility is due to open in autumn 2020.