New Leisure Centre Reaches Highest Point

The district’s new Leisure Centre gained an additional feature today (Tuesday 29 September) when a tree was placed on its roof.

The addition of a Birch tree was part of a ceremony to mark reaching the highest point of the build on the former British Sugar site at Silverwoods, on the Stourport Road between Kidderminster and Stourport. Celebrating the moment a new building reaches its topmost point with a tree planting is an old age tradition in other parts of Europe to bestow good luck on it.  When the building is complete the tree will be planted in the grounds surrounding the centre as part of the landscaping scheme.

Wyre Forest District Council’s £11.9 million project is progressing well.  The building is due to be enclosed by the New Year.  The new centre will be built, managed and operated by Places for People Leisure.  It will include a six court sports hall, six lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool with moveable floor, fitness suite, dance studios, climbing wall and small outdoor football pitches. The new facility will also include a café with viewing areas, a double height adventure play area, a poolside health suite with steam room and sauna and free parking.

Representatives from Wyre Forest District Council, Places for People Leisure, Sport England, Pellikaan Construction and Roberts Limbrick architects were joined by the pupils from Birchen Coppice Primary School for the ceremony.  They were able to witness first-hand the progress of the different areas of the centre and its facilities.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said: “We are delighted to see our important project meet this milestone in the build. Thank you to everyone who has helped us to reach this point.  There is a lot of change and development happening in the district and this project is leading the way. The new centre will bring more fantastic leisure opportunities for the community in a modern, energy efficient building. It will also save the Council and tax payers money. “

Places for People Leisure are looking forward to the completion of construction work, as Peter Kirkham, Development Director explains: “In partnership with Wyre Forest District Council we have worked hard to develop this project into what it is today. Now that construction has reached the highest point, the local community is one step closer to having a state of the art leisure facility in Wyre Forest. Undertaking the project, our aim has and continues to be to improve the health and wellbeing of the local residents and this new leisure centre will be a key contributor to that important partnership objective. We are confident that when the facility opens, it will exceed all expectations and we will have created an environment in which the members of the local community can come and confidently engage in high quality leisure activities.”

Places for People Leisure currently partners 35 local authorities, managing 113 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. 

Sport England has funded £2 million towards the cost of the project. Steve Welch, Relationship Manager, Capital Projects from Sport England said: “We are delighted to support Wyre Forest District Council in their investment into community sport by contributing £2 million of lottery grant funding. The range and quality of the facilities in this new centre are extremely impressive and Sport England are looking forward to seeing it open next year – it will be a fantastic benefit to the local community.”

For more information visit www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/newleisurecentre

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