The £2.9 million transformation of Howe Bridge Sports Centre into a first class family fitness facility has begun. Alliance Leisure is working in partnership with Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) and construction company ISG construction, to renovate the building on behalf of Wigan Council.
The first phase of the project will see a new health and fitness suite developed on the first floor, the creation of a new lobby and café plus new cladding put on the building outside. As part of the new strategic partnership for leisure, Wigan Council has invested £2.4m in to the project. Leisure partner WLCT secured £500,000 from the National Lottery’s Sport England Improvement Fund as added investment to the project.
Cllr Paul Kenny, cabinet member for resources at Wigan Council, said: “I’m delighted to see the physical works starting on this project, which will bring new, improved leisure opportunities to people in Wigan Borough. As part of the Deal we want to encourage people in our communities to get more active and the facilities that we are providing at Howe Bridge Sports Centre will enable residents to do just that.”
Pete Burt, managing director of WLCT, said: “We’re extremely excited about what’s happening at Howe Bridge and really proud that we will be managing the new centre. This is all part of our ongoing commitment to Wigan Council to support investment into leisure facilities and use our industry expertise to deliver the activities and services that will make fitness fun and change the lives of local people.”
James Foley, business development manager for Alliance Leisure said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with both the council and trust to bring to life this innovative Sport England-supported scheme. The project will transform the site dramatically and it is a pleasure to be able to help make an impact at a local level in my hometown, returning to the facilities I myself learnt to swim in over 30 years ago!”
The new centre will combine traditional sports facilities with a high quality health and fitness suite and innovative leisure products including VerTGo Adventure Climbing, Indoor Extreme Skate Park and adventure play facilities. The new health and fitness suite will include an 80-station gym, sauna and steam room, a spinning studio, a studio for group fitness and new changing rooms. The centre’s reception area will also be opened up and an enhanced catering and vending offer introduced. In addition, a high quality, synthetic football and rugby-compliant pitch will be introduced on site. The downstairs gym will remain open while the works are carried out so there will be no disruption for customers.
Work on the scheme is due to be completed by November.
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