Speller Metcalfe wins £14m Devon leisure centre deal

Grant Prior 4 years ago
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Parkwood Leisure has appointed Speller Metcalfe as its main contractor for the new £14m Tarka Leisure Centre in Barnstaple, Devon.

Construction is set to start on site this summer.

The new centre has been designed by Watson Batty Architects and will replace the outdated North Devon Leisure Centre on the Seven Brethren industrial estate.

Glen Hall, managing director of Parkwood Leisure, said: “After a successful partnership working together on the brand new facility at Broughton Astley Leisure Centre we’re delighted to be working with Speller Metcalfe again at Barnstaple Leisure Centre.

“It’s an exciting development and we’re looking forward to see what we can achieve in providing state of the art leisure facilities for the local community.”

The new facility includes a 25m, eight-lane swimming pool and 20m trainer pool, both with moveable floors that allow the pools to reach up to 1.8m in depth.

Alongside the pools, a unique feature and draw for the centre will be its interactive ‘endless ski slope’ – the first of its kind for Devon – accommodating skiers, snowboarders and tobogganers, which will be built in a room that runs inside to out and will be fitted out by a specialist contractor.

Rob Lashford, regional director for Speller Metcalfe said: “With solid experience in the leisure sector, Speller Metcalfe is delighted to be delivering our second scheme for Parkwood Leisure.

“This new site will not only be an improvement on the existing leisure centre, but provide both employment and increased visitor opportunities for Barnstaple through the unique facilities on offer.”

The project is due to complete in early 2022.

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