At our development at Haverhill Leisure Centre our partners at the Etec Group welcomed a work experience placement, Arthur Pickton.
Arthur had been given the opportunity to complete 40 hours of work experience at the Haverhill Leisure Centre refurbishment site in Suffolk. He is a Level 3 student studying Construction and the Built Environment at The Milburn Campus, West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds and has plans to pursue a career in site management, and has been working alongside Site Manager, Steve Koeck. Steve says, ‘I can honestly say it is a pleasure to have a young person who is keen to learn and so positive.’
Arthur has also been spending time with other staff, learning how the trades work, helping him to gain vital knowledge about how an efficient and effective site runs.
Arthur says, ‘Steve and several sub-contractors I have worked with during my placement have made me feel very welcome, supported me with tasks and learning in the best way possible and for that I am overwhelmed with the outcome of my work experience at Etec.’
Arthur is keen to learn more and plans to extend his work experience beyond the 40 hour requirement for his course. He is a real credit to both himself and West Suffolk College.
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.
Torfaen Leisure Trust is delighted to announce that the development proposals for Cwmbran Stadium leisure centre will be going ahead. The initial proposals were approved by the Torfaen Leisure Trust Board in January 2014. Since that time a great deal of detailed work has been carried out by the Trust to agree the design and the funding package, the Trust were required to seek the necessary approvals such as submitting a planning application for the 3G pitch.
The Trust Board has approved the appointment of Alliance Leisure as its development partner for the project. Alun Williams Chair of Torfaen Leisure Trust said: “I’m delighted that these exciting proposals for the redevelopment of Cwmbran Stadium are going ahead. The proposals put forward will provide improvements that are both modern and vibrant. We passionately believe that our customer experience should be first class. This is a great opportunity to reward all of our current members for their loyalty and the new facilities will offer a significant attraction to new customers and enable us to grow our business and improve the health and fitness of more people in Torfaen.”
The development project will be delivered in two Phases:
Phase 1: Changing the use of the current 4 Court Sports Hall to create an Indoor Climbing ‘Vertigo’ centre, a large Soft Play area, and a Coffee Shop A new 70 station Fitness Suite with Functional Training Improvements to the current reception area
Phase 2: Convert the current grass pitch into a 3G surface
Lewis Jones, deputy leader of Torfaen council, said: “The delivery of this project supports the council’s decision to form a trust to provide leisure services in Torfaen. These new facilities will help to sustain Cwmbran Stadium in the long term, taking into account changing fitness trends and creating a more contemporary environment for people of all ages to enjoy. Once complete, the new facilities will act as a focal point for community activities and increase levels of physical activity across the county borough.”
Sally Church CEO of Torfaen Leisure explained: “The project for Cwmbran Stadium will help Torfaen Leisure Trust deliver on its three keys aims; To have “More People, More Active More Often”, to support long term sustainability and future investment, and to ensure value for money.”
There are a couple of key messages regarding the project; the Trust are investing despite the current financial climate and significant spending constraints, and the redevelopment improvements will provide wider community benefits such as the opportunity to participate in a wider variety of new activities aimed at the whole community and with particular emphasis on children, young people and families.
Sally Church added “We have to make the best possible use of all our resources. Replacing the current grass centre pitch with a 3G pitch and converting the small sports hall will enable us to meet the demand, we know is there for more and better fitness and sports facilities and we will put the space to the best possible use for the maximum number of customers. The proposed redevelopment will not result in the closure of Cwmbran Stadium.
“We will deliver the project in two Phases, Phase 1 will be the internal redevelopment and Phase 2 will be the conversion of the current grass pitch into a 3G pitch. We have been assured by Alliance Leisure that they always work in ‘live’ facilities and its supply team are skilled in maintaining services thus keeping disruption to a minimum. We fully appreciate that some sports hall and centre pitch users will see some disruption but, where possible, we will help current users through the use of accessible, alternative, facilities, for example we are making the current grass pitch available to customers who currently use the 4 Courts Sports Hall for bookings to ensure we that we continue to provide a service, in fact we have gained new bookings as a result of making the grass pitch available throughout the week.
“The Trust will ensure that all customers, residents and other local club, or community groups will be kept up to date on progress with the proposals.”