New leisure centre making good progress
Cllr Jacquie Speight and ward councillors at Aspire@ThePark
Work is now
well underway on Wakefield Council’s Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cllr Jacquie Speight and ward councillors at the site of the studio pool