The Hive – East Cambridgeshire District Council
A new leisure centre in the cathedral city of Ely in Cambridgeshire is set to open in May. Known as The Hive, the new district leisure centre will cater to a growing demand in the area.
The Hive is currently in the final stages of construction ahead of a May 14th opening. The build is being carried out by main contractor Pellikaan.
Located adjacent to the existing Ely Outdoor Sports Associations sports facilities and Ely Leisure Village, The Hive will boast an eight-lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool with moveable floor, a 120-station gym floor, two activity studios and a four-court sports hall. Externally, a 3G artificial grass pitch has been created, which will enable year round usage, as well as 320 parking spaces, accessible parking, four rapid chargers for electric cars, cycle parking and a vehicle drop-off point.
Pellikaan has been responsible for the construction of multiple leisure centres in the UK and this latest project is another impressive addition to an ever expanding portfolio.
The Hive has been designed by architects Space & Place. The clean and contemporary external look is characterised by a set of intersecting boxes defined by different materials and finishes. Designed to be light and inviting, it will be a flexible destination that can respond to changes and trends in exercise and sport.
Construction on the project began in March 2017 and has made rapid progress in the time since. Funding for the development has been provided by East Cambridgeshire District Council with the help of a £1.5m Lottery grant from Sport England.
The Hive will cater to both a growing demand for sporting facilities in the area but also further population growth that is expected over the next decade. When the centre opens it will be managed by GLL on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council.
The construction of The Hive also marks a significant step for Ely Leisure Village. The centre is the second phase of the Leisure Village scheme. Phase one was completed in June 2017 and comprised a 6 screen cinema, 4 in-line restaurant units, a further 2 stand-alone restaurant and takeaway units and 2 drive thru units with 380 car parking spaces.
The completion and opening of The Hive marks a significant step forward for health and leisure in Ely and the wider East Cambridgeshire area. Equipped with modern, multi-sport facilities, The Hive will help make exercise more accessible and more enjoyable.