Oldham Leisure Centre – Proud Oldham launches leisure centre flagship
Oldham has proudly launched its brand new £15 million flagship Leisure Centre which opened recently, helping to put the town on the national sporting map.
Replacing an older facility which is now closed, the new leisure centre provides enhanced facilities which enable Oldham to hold regional and televised competitions like never before.
Located at the junction of Manchester Street and St Domingo Street, the centre physically links Oldham College to Oldham Sixth Form College.
The project was carried out for Oldham Council by delivery partners Willmott Dixon. Architects were GT Architects.
The new centre includes a 25-metre, eight-lane swimming pool of county-level standard, a separate learner pool; a 250 spectator seating gallery to the main pool; 150 competitor seats at the poolside and a wet changing village.
There is also a state of the art gym with 80 workout stations, providing a large range of cardio and resistance training equipment for members, as well as a collection of free weights and designated zones for warm up and warm down.
The new gym uses leading cardio and resistance equipment from Technogym, featuring popular machines such as bikes, rowers, cross trainers, and ‘Run Now’ treadmills, which have a cushioned surface for a more natural running sensation.
The gym also features Vario, Crossover, and Synchro equipment, providing total upper and lower body workouts, as well as offering Recline and Step machines, which are perfect for users with limited mobility.
Other facilities comprise two dance studios, a bespoke spinning studio, separate changing areas for dry sports and an eight court sports hall with seating for over 450 spectators, offering members the chance to take part in sports such as badminton, netball, football, table tennis, cricket, and much more.
In addition, the centre’s four rink indoor bowls arena offers four state of the art rinks that are precisely levelled for accuracy. The bowls hall uses lighting that is glare free, to provide the best possible indoor bowling experience.
Further facilities include a cedar clad cabin sauna fitted with amber LED mood lighting, and a steam room with colour changing LED lights and essence dosing for ultimate relaxation.
The centre also includes a café and a 122 space car park.
External works on the project comprised improved landscaping and public realm works, including bespoke elements such as granite seats, large Cor‐Ten planters and tilted light stacks to draw people into the site. The existing levels have been used to create planted terraces and steps which double as informal seats. At night, the scheme continues to impress with subtle lighting beneath the seats and from the light stacks.
Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader said: “This amazing facility is a key element in the town’s transformation.
“Oldham Leisure Centre is not only a first-class facility for residents and visitors, but also an important community and social venue – and one that will have the correct specifications to attract major regional and national competitions in some sports.
“We made a commitment following the London Olympics that we would provide facilities that would improve the health and wellbeing of our residents. We also pledged that the new facilities would create local jobs and a large number of residents and local firms were involved in the construction.
“I would like to congratulate all that have been involved in creating this stunning centre.”
Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader, said:
“Residents are beginning to see a number of ambitious developments underway around the town centre, plus economy boosting schemes like the Prince’s Gate development at Oldham Mumps being announced.
“This state-of-the-art, 21st century leisure facility is a vital part of the regeneration jigsaw and one of many for our residents and future generations to be excited and proud about.
“Willmott Dixon is a key employer in the borough and a well-respected construction firm.”
Stuart Lockwood, Oldham Community Leisure Chief Executive said:
“Our team, in partnership with Oldham Council, worked extremely hard over the last few years to bring this monumental project to life.”
Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon’s Northern managing director, said:
“I was delighted to see the opening of our second leisure centre with Oldham Council. This was a challenging construction project and credit must go the council and the whole project team for delivering such a first class community facility using so much local labour.”
Construction of the building was achieved on schedule – just a month after the nearby £8m Royton Sports Centre opened its doors – completing a new and fresh, local, leisure estate the public can be proud of.
Willmott Dixon signed up to the Get Oldham Working Construction Charter – which seeks to link physical regeneration projects to employment and training opportunities for local residents and supply chain opportunities for local businesses.
Developers and contractors who adopt the principles of the charter are undertaking a voluntary commitment to help create work-related opportunities for the people of Oldham.
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