Contract Start Up Ceremony For New Hinckley Leisure Centre
The Contract Start Up Ceremony of the new Hinckley Leisure Centre, due to open in Spring 2016, took place on Monday 8 December on the site of the former council offices on Argents Mead.
Representatives from Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Places for People Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and Roberts Limbrick architects were joined by pupils from the nearby St. Mary’s Primary School for the ceremony.
The centre, designed, built and managed by Places for People Leisure, will include a 25m swimming pool and learner pool, both with moveable floors. Perfect for competitions and events, the pool will include spectator seating for up to 100 people. The new facility will also boast an eight court sports hall, an enhanced gym and café.
A time capsule was also buried on the grounds of the new site by the primary school children. The new grounds have been designed to increase the grassed areas around the facility which will be suitable for school and community usage.
The talk of the day focussed on improving participation and increasing physical activity in the local community. Sport Development Manager of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Karen Mason comments: “The new leisure centre will provide fantastic opportunities for members of the local community to engage in a number of different sporting and fitness activities. We look forward to working with Places for People Leisure to ensure the new facility is used to its full potential once it opens in 2016.”
Executive Member for Culture and Leisure at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Councillor David Cope added: “I'm delighted we've now turned the first sod on a project that will benefit the whole community. In a little over a year's time we will have a fantastic brand new sports and leisure facility right in the centre of town that will have a welcomed effect not only on the superb leisure facilities, but also enhance footfall and the viability of the businesses in Castle Street by attracting even more people into the town.”
Places for People Leisure is excited for construction work to begin, as Peter Kirkham, Development Director explains: “In partnership with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council we will work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community. We are confident that when the facility opens in 2016 it will exceed all expectations and improve the wellbeing of the local community.”
Places for People Leisure currently partners 36 local authorities, managing 112 leisure centres across England. Its sites attract over 30 million visits every year and in the past seven years the award winning organisation has built 13 new leisure facilities.
For more information please visit www.placesforpeopleleisure.org