By Leah Conway
Work on Spen Valley’s new £15 million Leisure Centre is well underway. Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, visited the site this morning, 10 March. Councillor Graham Turner and Dawn Stephenson, Chair of Kirklees Active Leisure Board of Trustees joined Cllr Pandor on his visit. The leisure centre’s steel frame is now complete; the councillors visited for a steel signing ceremony, which is an important milestone for the building’s progress.
When will the construction finish?
The contractor aims to finish the constriction of the Spen Valley Leisure Centre in early 2022. The vision is that the leisure centre will be a modern activity hub for the whole community. The centre will add to the current Spenborough fitness complex, which already has a separate pavilion and an athletics track.
What will be in the Spen Valley Leisure Centre?
In the new build, there will be an 8 lane, 25-metre main swimming pool. There will be a 20m x 10m activity pool with a moveable floor and spectator seating in the pool area. As well as swimming facilities, there will be a large fitness suite, two fitness studios and a cycling studio. Finished off with changing facilities suitable for families, baby changing facilities and large team changing areas
Is construction COVID-19 safe?
The Spen Valley leisure centre building can progress through the current COVID-19 pandemic as the contractor is adhering to the Construction leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures, which are based on Public Health England guidance. BY doing this, the build can continue while safeguarding employees and the local community.
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of the Council, said: “I am delighted to see the progress that has been made in the building of the Spen Valley Leisure Centre. This is a major capital development project that will really transform the leisure offer for residents of all ages in the Spen Valley. It will also provide employment opportunities and economic benefit to north Kirklees.
“We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of everyone in Kirklees, and I hope this new centre will both inspire and motivate all local residents to make full use of the fantastic facilities.”