Places for People Leisure Records an Unprecedented Number of New Site Openings This Year
Graves Health and Leisure Centre, managed by Places for People Leisure
on behalf of Sheffield City Council
This year Places for People Leisure has seen an unprecedented number of new site openings with eight new facilities opening this year alone.
New sites included two Council built leisure facilities on behalf of Sheffield City Council, a £7.5m leisure centre built by Tewkesbury Borough Council and two cutting edge facilities built and managed by Places for People Leisure on behalf of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Wyre Forest District Council.
Graves Health and Leisure Centre was one of the three facilities awarded to Places for People Leisure by Sheffield City Council which were successfully mobilised and opened this year. The new development at Graves Health and Leisure Centre will act as the new headquarters for the National Centre of Sport, Exercise and Medicine (NCSEM) within Sheffield. The NCSEM is a national programme piloted by three UK cities, each exploring the benefits that physical activity will bring to health and wellbeing through clinical care, research and education. The NCSEM will also operate at Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre, managed on behalf of Sheffield City Council.
Hinckley Leisure Centre, managed by Places for People Leisure on
behalf of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
The £15m Hinckley Leisure Centre was also successfully opened this year as part of a 20-year Design, Build, Operate and Maintain (DBOM) contract with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.
The 18-month build programme commenced in October 2014 and the new Hinckley Leisure Centre was completed on time and on budget in April 2016. The three storey centre was purposely designed to be sympathetic to its parkland setting in Argents Mead, incorporating natural materials, a green roof and a café which opens onto the surrounding park area.
The state of the art facility also features a 100+ station fitness suite, 25m 8 lane main pool, 15m teaching pool (both pools with moveable floors), splash pad for toddlers, 8 court sports hall, a triple storey adventure play unit, group cycling studio, 2 further studios, meeting room and a poolside sauna and steam room.
As part of the contract Places for People Leisure managed the old Hinckley Leisure Centre from September 2014 until the new state of the art Hinckley Leisure Centre opened in June this year. During the period between managing the old Hinckley Leisure Centre and opening the new facility participation significantly increased from 650,000 to 880,000; an increase of 35%.
Sharron Davies, former Olympian and ITV Gladiator who officially opened the facility in June commented: “I’ve been to many leisure centres in my time and Hinckley is without a doubt one of the best I’ve ever been to. That’s not just because of the superb facilities but because of the valuable partnerships Places for People Leisure have made with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, the local schools and the local clubs. With many swimming pools facing closure across the UK, it is great to see a facility with so much to offer. I am proud to be a part of the official opening for the centre and understand the importance a facility like this has upon residents, allowing them the opportunity to access a wide range of activities on their doorstep.”
John Bates, Business Development Director at Places for People Leisure commented: “We are very proud to have successfully opened eight leisure facilities this year alone including the impressive Hinckley Leisure Centre, where we have already received excellent feedback from the community, our Council client and a former Olympian! We have a proven track record of increasing participation and reducing our local authority client’s revenue costs through the DBOM as well as the Best Value procurement routes and we hope to continue this success over the next few years. We are excited to be opening even more facilities in a wide variety of locations and reaching even more local communities; ensuring that we enhance sporting, cultural and leisure opportunities for all individuals”.