Willmott Dixon wins £17m leisure and cultural centre in Harpenden

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Willmott Dixon has teamed up with St Albans District Council again to deliver a new leisure and cultural centre in Harpenden

The £17m contract in Harpenden will see Willmott Dixon extend and alter the existing swimming pool building in Rothamsted Park to provide an improved main pool, as well as a new 17 metre-long learner pool, a sports hall, dance studios and a larger gym plus new changing rooms, a steam room, sauna and reception area.

The contract was procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, a part of the Scape National Construction framework.

The company will also transform the adjacent sports facility into Harpenden Cultural Centre with a 511-seat theatre which will host national and local touring productions.

The new investment replaces facilities, such as the Harpenden Public Halls entertainment venue, revitalising the leisure and culture services provided in Harpenden.

Last year, Willmott Dixon transformed St Albans Town Hall into a museum and art gallery rejuvenating the cultural life of the city.

Chris Tredget, managing director for Willmott Dixon in North London, said: “The team are exceptionally proud of what we created in St Albans with the Museum and Gallery, which has been an important new attraction for the city.

“We are keen to make a similar impact with our work in Harpenden to expand its leisure and cultural offerings to local people.”

Mark Robinson, Scape Group chief executive, added: “Through the National Construction framework, the team at Willmott Dixon have already successfully helped St Albans update a key cultural asset.

“It is testament to the effectiveness of the framework and the relationship that Willmott Dixon have built with St Albans District Council that they have been appointed once again to update this important community facility.”

Work on this project, which also includes creating a 92 space car park, will complete in autumn 2020.

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