Fantastic facts about the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre

Water slide

Water slideThe amazing new Huddersfield Leisure Centre continues to be on track for public opening by early summer 2015.

The leisure centre, owned by Kirklees Council and managed by Kirklees Active Leisure, includes a 25-metre competition swimming pool; a separate 20-metre teaching pool; two sports halls; climbing, squash and martial arts facilities; a large fitness suite; a café and children’s play structure.

The new centre also boasts a family leisure water facility – “Splash Park”, which includes a flume, “sidewinder” and the first major leisure water swimming pool in the area.

The new Huddersfield Leisure Centre is set to become the biggest and best leisure centre in the district and will be a great asset for local people, helping them to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as attracting visitors to the town.

32,000 tonnes of ground has been excavated and steel beams of up to 38 metres long have been erected in the pool areas and sports hall weighing in at around 15½ tonnes each. The frame itself contains 1,300 tonnes of steel weighing the equivalent of 928 ford focuses.

A total of 8,139 m3 of concrete have been poured which could have filled the main competition pool 13 times over. There will be over a millions litres of water (1,250,000 litres) used in the three pools. 200 tonnes of ceramic tiles covering over 10,000 m2 have been used throughout the building.

During construction there have been over 1,200 different tradesmen on site from start to finish, with a recent peak of 165 people on site each day.

Cllr Peter O’Neill, Kirklees Council Cabinet Member for Communities said “It’s exciting to see the district’s new leisure centre nearing completion – being able to actually see the main leisure water attractions in place is fantastic. Not only is this a great facility for people living in the area, and a place for everyone to enjoy, it’s also created the opportunity for people to work and train in Huddersfield, which is great for the reputation of Kirklees and the local economy.

David Heddon, Chair of Kirklees Active Leisure Board of Trustees, added: “What a wonderful facility this is going to be for Huddersfield and the people of Kirklees. Kirklees Active Leisure is privileged and delighted to be given the task of managing the new leisure centre, which is yet another example of the excellent partnership that we have with the council, working together to encourage local people to remain fit and active.”

Simon Sutcliffe, Project Manager, North East, BAM Construction Ltd who lives in the local area said “we are delighted to say we are still on programme, and looking forward to delivering what will be a landmark facility in Huddersfield and a fantastic facility for the local community and people of Kirklees”.

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Visit: Huddersfield Leisure Centre

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