Willmott Dixon wins £21m Wakefield swimming pool

Aaron Morby 1 month ago
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Willmott Dixon is expected to start work next month on Wakefield’s Pontefract Park leisure centre after the council rubber-stamped the scheme.

Facilities at the leisure centre will include a 10-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor, and a splash pad water confidence area.

The centre will also have a gym, exercise studios, climbing activity, café and soft play area as well as meeting and referral rooms for community use.

Outside there will be four tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full-size 3G Artificial Grass pitch and car parking.

The hub will be the largest of its kind ever built in the Wakefield district.

Councillor Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “This is fantastic news for the Five Towns as people will get the first class facilities they deserve, benefitting current residents and future generations.

“This new leisure facility will give people the chance to access sport, recreation, social and wellbeing activities, and enjoy a healthy life.

“It will play a part in tackling health issues such as childhood obesity, long term respiratory and circulatory diseases, and mental health conditions. It will also support our efforts to reduce social isolation among older people.”

The leisure facility is due to open in autumn 2020.

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