North West Premier Construction

Royton Leisure Centre

Written by Roma Publications

Timely delivery for £8m leisure centre


Completed on time and on budget, the new £8m state of the art Royton Leisure Centre signifies an exciting shift in health and fitness for the Royton, Shaw, Crompton, and Oldham areas.

Located on Byron Street and replacing an older facility, the new venue provides a central hub for adults and children of all ages and abilities, with a better and more tailored offering than ever before.

The project to create the new centre was carried out for Oldham Council, constructed by Willmott Dixon and designed by GT Architects.
The new centre includes: a 6-lane 25-metre swimming pool with spectator seating; a separate learner pool; an 80-station fitness gym; two exercise/dance studios and a 60-space car park.

The centre’s fully air conditioned gym boasts a comprehensive range of cardio and resistance training equipment to suit all levels and abilities, as well as built-in TVs on key exercise equipment to make members’ experience more fun and enjoyable.

The two new exercise/dance studios boast generous floor space, offering people in the area outstanding opportunities to take part in a wide variety of classes, including everything from yoga, aerobics and Zumba, right through to HIIT, spinning and Les Mills classes.

Swimmers of all abilities are well catered for too, as the new learner pool is perfectly suited to families with children just starting to learn to swim, whilst the 25 metre pool offers a wide range of public swim sessions, swim classes and the availability for private parties.


Councillor Jean Stretton, Oldham Council Leader said: “This whole development has been very much a local and joint-working effort with several Oldham businesses and organisations grafting hard to get the job done on time in a professional manner.
“I’d like to thank all involved for their commitment to bringing in local employment, fun and health benefits to the area.”

Willmott Dixon, who also built the new Oldham Sports Centre, signed up to the council’s Get Oldham Working Construction Charter which aims to link regeneration projects to employment and training opportunities for local people.

Chadderton-based Lewis Facilities won a £1.3 million contract to carry out the developments mechanical and electrical engineering works, and BJ Crowther Ltd, a bulk and groundwork contractors firm from Oldham, carried out the groundwork and excavation on the site.

Councillor Jean Stretton said: “We were delighted when Willmott Dixon signed up to our Construction Charter, which supports our Get Oldham Working campaign, as it ensures local residents and businesses benefit from investment in the borough.
“We have high quality businesses on our doorstep and it is only right that we make a commitment so our local firms can benefit from the regeneration projects taking place throughout the borough.”

Located in the centre of a rectangular site, the building measures 48m long by 35 m wide and is indented on the frontage facing Byron Street, which allowed for the creation of a main customer entrance and canopy.

External elevations are in a palette of materials including brickwork, curtain walling, aluminium flat cladding and horizontal profiled wall sheeting, complimented by flat parapet roofing.

Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon’s Northern Managing Director said: “We always try, where possible, to work with local firms to ensure the local economy benefits in terms of local labour, subcontractors and suppliers. Our team, in partnership with Oldham Council, have worked extremely hard over the last few years to bring this project to life, and it’s very rewarding to see the facility.
“As a local business we were delighted to work with Oldham Council to deliver a fresh and modern facility that will significantly contribute towards the ongoing regeneration of Royton.
“Credit must go to the whole team at the council, supply chain, suppliers, consultants and construction team for delivering this both on time and on budget.”

The opening of the new centre made way for the demolition of the area’s old Royton Health Centre also in Byron Street. A new car park being constructed in its place is scheduled to open in March 2016.

Willmott Dixon is a national contractor that delivers multi-million pound public and commercial projects.

Through their construction business the company deliver non-residential developments, including building projects in education, leisure and culture, hotels, offices, custodial, health, retail, national frameworks for Government and local authorities.

Barr + Wray

With over 57 year’s experience, Barr + Wray has established a reputation for their cutting edge work in design with the company being known for building some of the most prestigious health clubs and state of the art leisure centres.

From as far back as 1959, Barr + Wray have become recognised as one of the UK’s leaders in fluid handling and conditioning. Over the years the company has taken their experience and applied it to the field of sport and leisure where today, they are recognised as the UK’s leading provider of commercial swimming pool and associated plants.

Previous clients of Barr + Wray include Aberdeen Sports Village, Kellett School Hong Kong, Teeside University, Google and Manchester United Football Club.

The company now has sales and design teams based in Dubai and Hong Kong, which allows them to provide a better service to their customers worldwide.

More recently Barr + Wray worked alongside Willmott Dixon on Royton Leisure Centre. The company completed the design, installation and commissioning of the Olympic Myrtha Legacy Pool, along with all of its own dedicated water treatment and filtration systems.

As part of the overall project, Barr + Wray also designed, installed and commissioned the 13×10 Myrtha Learner Pool with all of the associated filtration and water treatment plant.

Lorne Kennedy, European Sales Director from Barr + Wray said: “Every project is just as important to us; however this one was slightly unique as it’s only the second London Legacy Olympic Myrtha Pool + Filtration Plant to be installed in the UK.

“Barr + Wray have established quite a reputation for our cutting edge work in the design and build of the most prestigious leisure centres. Look throughout the country and you will find our name associated with many of today’s flagship developments. We pride ourselves on being one of the market leaders in the UK for design, supply and the installation of swimming pool filtration systems, along with being the market leader for the installation of Myrtha pools.”

Lami Doors UK Ltd

Lami has 50 years of manufacturing experience and specialises in a full range of door sets for wet, hygienic and high impact areas.
Lami Doors UK Ltd has recently worked with Royton Leisure Centre and Oldham Leisure Centre and has previously worked on approximately 600 plus pool projects ranging from national sports centres to health and fitness chains, as well as smaller replacement door projects.
For both the Royton Leisure Centre and Oldham Leisure Centre projects, the company manufactured, supplied and installed pressure moulded Lami GPR door sets. The process included close co-operation with architects and contractors on site to achieve the most suitable and feasible specification.
Juha Petriaho from Lami Doors UK Ltd said: “We treat all projects equally important – small or large.
“We provide the best available products and services for its intended purpose. We provide fast and efficient co-operation before, during and after installation. The end result means functional, safe and easy to use door solutions in demanding usage areas, designed and built to last.”

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