Building work begins on new Spen Valley Leisure Centre

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Kier has commenced work on the construction of the new £15m leisure centre which will improve the leisure offer for the residents in the Spen Valley

The Spen Valley Leisure Centre aims to be inclusive for all members of the community including facilities for people with disabilities, design which is dementia friendly and a café where groups using the whole Princess Mary Activity Complex can meet and socialise.

The Spen Valley Leisure Centre facility will include an 8 lane, 25-metre main pool, an activity pool 20m x 10m with moveable floor, spectator seating in the pool areas, 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.

Kier is currently on site delivering a £42m school and leisure development in Ponteland which includes a six-lane 25m swimming pool, a gym, climbing wall and soft play zone.

Safety during Covid-19

To safeguard employees and the local community, Kier will be adhering to the Construction Leadership Council’s Site Operating Procedures which is based on the guidance issued by Public Health England.

A sustainable economy

Leader of the Council, councillor Shabir Pandor, said: “I’m really pleased to see the start of work on this major capital development project for the people of North Kirklees.

“We are committed to supporting people to be healthy and live independently in their communities for as long as possible.

“The leisure centre will become a major asset for the local community, attracting more visitors into Kirklees and will help to create a sustainable economy. I look forward to seeing the developments on site as Kier begin the construction phase.”

Phil McDowell, regional director Northern at Kier Regional Building, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Kirklees Council to deliver Spen Valley Leisure Centre.

“The commencement of works on site is a major milestone and we look forward to creating a new all-purpose facility, which will bring swimming and fitness under one roof.

“We have a wealth of experience in delivering leisure centres across the country and I’m looking forward to seeing the development of this facility as it progresses on site.”

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