Willmott Dixon wins £10m contract to extend Ripon’s leisure centre

Ripon’s leisure centre, Willmott Dixon,

Willmott Dixon has been awarded a £10m contract from Harrogate Borough Council to extend Ripon’s leisure centre by building a new 25m pool

The scheme will see the company expand Ripon’s leisure centre by building a new 25m pool and associated changing and community areas.

The contractor will also add a new main entrance and lobby to the current centre as well as reinvigorate the dry leisure facilities with new changing rooms and health suite, two dance studios, a ‘spin’ studio and a meeting room.

New play areas will be created outside, while the car park will be reconfigured and a new sheltered cycle rack installed.

The new six-lane pool at Ripon’s leisure centre will provide a 60% increase in water recreation space compared to the existing pool facility at nearby Ripon Spa Baths, which is nearing the end of its lifespan and will close when the new pool is open.

State-of-the-art swimming facilities in Ripon

Councillor Stanley Lumley, cabinet member for sport, said: “After what seems like many months of planning and discussion, the work to build the new pool is finally underway.

“This represents a significant investment and will provide the people of Ripon with state-of-the-art swimming facilities. Combined with the refurbishment of the leisure centre, we are transforming the sport and leisure offer in this part of the district.”

Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon’s managing director in the North, commented: “We have one of the biggest track records in the UK for delivering projects that provide excellent leisure facilities.

“The creation of top-quality facilities to encourage health and wellbeing are vital to help our communities thrive and what we’ll deliver at Ripon will leave a lasting legacy for many years to come for people in the town and across the region.”

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, added: “Harrogate Borough Council are investing in the health and well-being of its community by ensuring their sports and leisure facilities are not only current but fit for the future.

“By utilising the speed and efficient procurement route Scape Group provides and the proven track record of Willmott Dixon in delivering leisure facilities, Harrogate Borough Council are guaranteeing the Ripon pool and leisure facility upgrade will be delivered with certainty and socio-economic benefits.”

Procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, a part of the Scape National Construction framework, Willmott Dixon is working with Pick Everard as architect and Gleeds as QS and project manager.

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.


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