Project to deliver a leisure and wellbeing centre enters new phase

A planned new Leisure, Community, Health, and Wellbeing Centre in Squire Lane, Bradford, has moved a step closer.

Last year the Government provided £20m towards this asset. Bradford Council’s Executive will soon be asked to approve the next stage of delivery which will include commissioning detailed design work and consultation.

It will be discussed at a meeting of the council’s Executive on 21 February.

The proposed location for the centre is on the site of the former Springfield Children’s Home, in Girlington.

The facility will have three core elements: leisure, community and health related facilities, where activities to develop enterprise, skills and community engagement will be provided.

The centre would provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Two swimming pools consisting of a six-lane 25 metre pool and one depth adjustable learner pool
  • One fitness gym with 100 pieces of equipment
  • One spin class studio;
  • Two gym areas and associated changing facilities
  • Extra space for health partners
  • New community facilities available to book
  • Outdoor play facilities

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “It’s really exciting to move this project to the next stage.

“It will be good to see the designs for the centre coming through and for consultation to begin with the local community.

“The new Leisure, Community, Health, and Wellbeing Centre will be a great asset for local people.

“It will provide vital leisure facilities and transformative services in terms of health and wellbeing and also provide important community spaces for local residents.”

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