Start date announced for new Bradford leisure centre

Article dated Thursday Mar 15, 2018 at 04:56 PM

Work will start next month on a new £17.5m leisure centre due to be built at Sedbergh Playing Fields in Bradford.

Bradford Council have appointed West Yorkshire-based construction firm ISG who are based in Cleckheaton,  to build the new state of the art centre and improve the infrastructure of the sport facilities available to the public in the district.

The main construction works will begin week commencing 2 April 2018.

The new energy efficient facility will better meet the needs of local residents and will include features such as an activity pool with a movable floor to help younger or less able swimmers enter the water safely.

It will also include:

  • 6 lane 25m swimming pool
  • 2 aerobic / activity studio
  • Gym / fitness centre
  • 3 winter sports pitches

The development will also offer new employment and training opportunities for people in the district.

Initial works on the site have already involved tree felling in order to make way for the development as well as ongoing maintenance to remove damaged trees and specimens in poor condition. The project will see an overall increase in the number of trees planted on the site.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s executive member for environment and sport, said:

“Now we have awarded the contract to ISG, the final part of the jigsaw puzzle has been completed and we will see this exciting new development become a reality.

“This much needed new facility will offer the latest facilities in a modern and energy efficient environment.

“We hope this sports centre will inspire more people to get active so they can live a happier, healthier life in the Bradford district.”

Tim Harvey, regional director at ISG, added: “This significant investment at Sedbergh underlines the importance the council places on creating modern and efficient leisure facilities for local communities. As a locally based contractor, the community element resonates clearly with us and we are delighted to be bringing our leisure expertise to a project that we know will create such a highly positive legacy for the area.”

Rex Procter & Partners along with the design team partners - DarntonB3 and Furness Partnership - , are providing project management, design, architecture, cost and engineering consultancy services for the project.

The sport and leisure specialists are the largest firm of construction consultants in Bradford and have a strong track record of over 100 leisure centres successfully completed in the past 30 years.

As part of the contract,  ISG will ensure that there is continuous engagement with the local community as the site develops, as well as agreeing a significant contribution of social value to be provided including:

  • 5 school/college workshops
  • 10 school visits
  • 12 work experience placements
  • 70 apprentice weeks and 2 new apprentices
  • 5 individuals progressed into employment

Joe Deegan, Executive Director of Rex Procter and Partners, said:

“As Bradford based consultants, our involvement in the leisure scheme at Sedbergh is of great significance for us, particularly given its close proximity to our Cleckheaton Road offices.

“Being able to contribute to the enhancements of our local leisure facilities and the welfare of our community is something we support wholeheartedly.

“The proposed leisure centre exhibits modern day design and provides energy efficient facilities with its associated and much needed operational savings.”

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