New leisure centre making good progress

16/03/2020, PR-9333

Cllr Jacquie Speight and ward councillors at Aspire@ThePark
Cllr Jacquie Speight and ward councillors at Aspire@ThePark

​Work is now well underway on Wakefield Council’s Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract Park.

Aspire@ThePark is due to open its doors early next year and the hub will be the largest of its kind in the Wakefield district.

Exciting progress has recently been made to the swimming facilities, with the studio pool now cast. The next step is to fill it with water to test for leaks, before it is drained again and dried before fully tilling to create the final finish.

The studio pool will have a moveable floor so that the depth can change dependant on activity and this is just one of the exciting and varied activities that will make up the swimming programme at the hub.

Swimming lessons will be available for all ages and abilities as well as discreet swimming sessions. There’ll be a splash pad area for toddlers, a wide range of classes offering everything from Aqua Zumba to Float Fit and the site will also be able to host parties for children and young people.

Visible progress is also being made to the rest of the building, with just one exterior wall to finish and windows starting to be fitted throughout the building. Plastering has also progressed well with the studios and dry changing rooms already finished.  

Cllr Jacquie Speight
Cllr Jacquie Speight

​Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “It is wonderful to see the building really coming together now and you can imagine just how impressive it’s going to look when fully complete.

“The swimming programme is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen before in the district. There really will be something for everyone and this is just one part of the fantastic facilities that will be on offer at Aspire@ThePark.”

Facilities will include a 10-lane swimming pool, with at least three lanes always open for public swimming, a gym, exercise studios, climbing activity and café, referral rooms and meeting rooms for community use, tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full size 3G artificial grass pitch, and car parking.

During the build local suppliers and contractors have been used where possible - with 61% of the project spend within 20 miles of the project and just over 93% within 40 miles. There will be three apprentices on site for the duration of the project, two from Wakefield College and one from Leeds College of Building.

The latest drone footage of the build, and more information about the progress at Aspire@ThePark, is available on the Council’s website.

Cllr Jacquie Speight with Cllr Lorna Malkin and Celia Loughran on a tour of the new leisure facility in Pontefract.
Cllr Jacquie Speight and ward councillors at the site of the studio pool