By Oliver Thompson
Work is starting on a multi-million pound Spen Valley Leisure Centre is scheduled to start in September following investment from the Kirklees Council and Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL).
The facilities aim to support local people in becoming healthy, physically active and to achieve long-term health outcomes. Spenborough Pool will fall victim to this redevelopment and will officially close on Saturday 31 August in which the work is expected to take place over the next 2 years.
The existing fitness suite, studios and athletic track will remain open for use for the duration of the new build
Facilities will include an 8 lane, 25-metre main pool, an activity pool 20m x 10m with a ‘moveable’ floor, a spectator seating in the pool areas, a large fitness suite, two fitness studios with flexibility for other use, and a cycling studio. There will also be two changing villages which will include family cubicles, baby change and large team changing areas.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor said:
“It will be a fantastic boost to thousands of individuals and groups in the district, especially in North Kirklees. We are moving into a vital stage of this major regeneration project and I am delighted to see the work progressing so well.
“We are committed to improving health outcomes and helping local residents stay active and well. High-quality leisure facilities are a central part of achieving those goals. The leisure complex will be a wonderful asset for the local community and will also attract more visitors to Kirklees.”