Council progresses swimming pool scheme to next stage of development

Article dated Monday Oct 2, 2023 at 03:59 PM

Bradford Council’s Executive will receive an update from officers on the Squire Lane Leisure centre project at the Executive meeting on Tuesday, 3 October.

The proposed new centre is part of the Council’s overarching strategy on sports and play facilities for the district and recognises that access to good sports and leisure facilities is key to support people’s long-term health and wellbeing. This particular centre will serve around 70,000 residents across the centre of the Bradford district.  

The council has already secured £20million of additional funding to deliver this much needed facility for local people. However, as a result of building cost inflation and increased energy costs officers have started rescoping the project to ensure that the leisure, community and enterprise spaces are delivered within budget. 

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “It’s really exciting to see plans for this much needed centre develop. We know that this will be a real asset for local people and be a well-used facility, which is why we are committed to do what we can to make sure that this delivers the sport and community benefits that our residents want. 

“The centre will use bang up to date energy efficient technology wherever possible to help reduce energy costs and reduce carbon emissions, and we will continue to look at alternative funding sources to support the delivery of the centre as we continue through this process.”

The centre is currently planned to provide a number of community benefits, including: 

  • 2 swimming pools consisting of a 6 lane 25metres pool and 1 depth adjustable learner pool
  • 1 fitness gym (100 pieces of equipment)
  • 1 spin class studio
  • 2 gym areas.
  • and associated changing facilities
  • New community facilities available to book
  • Outdoor play facilities

The project will be presented to executive board for final approval early in 2024 when projected costs are confirmed.

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