Willmott Dixon appointed for second Wakefield leisure centre

Five Towns Leisure, Willmott Dixon
Five Towns Leisure

Willmott Dixon has been successfully appointed by the council for a £17m contract to build Five Towns Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract

The wellbeing hub will be the largest of its kind ever built in the Wakefield district, featuring facilities such as a 10-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor and a splash pad water confidence area.

There will also be a gym, exercise studios, dedicated spin studio, climbing activity, café, meeting and referral rooms for community use, while outside there will be four tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full size 3G artificial grass pitch and car parking.

During a visit to site, Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member, said: “The benefits (of this project) are enormous and will have a lasting impact and a role in tackling health issues such as childhood obesity, long-term respiratory and circulatory diseases and mental health conditions.”

Construction work on the hub, which is located in Pontefract Park, will complete in autumn 2020 with the project procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, a part of the Scape National Construction framework.

Willmott Dixon is working with GT+3 Architect, ARCADIS Design & Consultancy as project manager and Waterman Group, structural engineers.

This is the latest in a series of leisure schemes worth over £200m that Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build in the last three years. 

The company was also recently appointed to deliver a new leisure and cultural centre in Harpenden by altering the existing swimming pool building in Rothamsted Park to provide an improved main pool, as well as new 17 metre-long learner pool, a sports hall and a larger gym.

Anthony Dillon, managing director for Willmott Dixon in North, said, “Five Towns Leisure is part a new breed of facility by local authorities that are more like community hubs, offering a wide range of activities and services for local people, and we are looking forward to making another big impact in Wakefield by expanding the District’s leisure and community facilities with Five Towns Leisure.”


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