ISG appointed to deliver new build leisure and sport complex in Lancashire

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Developer Alliance Leisure has appointed ISG to deliver a new build leisure and sport centre at Wilsons Playing Fields, Lancashire, following a successful planning application by Hyndburn Borough Council.

The new £12 million development in Clayton-le-moors is being delivered in partnership with Sport England, and will include a four-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness suite, sauna and steam room, group exercise studio, café, large changing village and dedicated changing facilities that will service teams making use of the various outdoor sports facilities.

Funding for the project has been allocated by Hyndburn Borough Council as part of the borough’s leisure transformation plan.

Councillor Marlene Haworth, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council, said: “The development of the new leisure and sports centre is part of our ongoing commitment to provide everyone in our community with the leisure and social opportunities they need to prosper. The modern building will complement the existing outdoor sports facilities creating opportunities for the whole community to enjoy a wide variety of activities both as participants and as spectators. This investment will provide a community facility that drives health and happiness for many years to come. Every effort has been made to ensure the finished centre will answer the specific needs of our community. Alliance Leisure has been instrumental in supporting us through the planning application and development of the project, undertaking detailed surveys and reports, and assembling a best-in-class project team to see this concept through to completion. Working with Alliance through the UK Leisure Framework, we will ensure efficiencies and expertise at every stage of the build, ensuring every penny invested delivers a positive return to the community.”

In addition to creating a modern activity and sports hub, designed to meet the specific needs of the community, the new building will be designed to optimise energy efficiencies. Air source heat pumps, solar panels and the utilisation of the very latest Low and Zero Carbon Technologies will all support the council’s ambition to achieve net zero by 2030.

All works are to be delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL) and led by leisure development specialists, Alliance Leisure, working in close partnership with ISG to deliver the construction works, in full consultation with Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure.

Works on the new leisure and sport centre are scheduled to begin early in 2024. It is anticipated the new facilities will be completed in the spring of 2025.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership and leisure development journey with Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure. This is a hugely exciting project that reflects our commitment to enhancing community wellbeing and creating innovative, sustainable leisure spaces. This project is not just about re-creation; it is an opportunity to provide facilities that are not only fit for purpose, but also environmentally conscious, and will create social value through its development to further benefit the local community.”

Tom Gardner, Business Development Manager, Alliance Leisure

Craig Savage, ISG’s Alliance Framework Lead, says: “Local authorities across the country are working with Alliance Leisure to create fit-for-purpose leisure centres that serve the community and encourage people to move. Centres like these, which are more energy efficient and are designed with the community in mind. Through job creation and social value, we will deliver further benefits, creating a lasting legacy through the construction of this leisure and sport complex.”

This project is the latest to have been awarded to ISG by Alliance Leisure, and follows the recent announcement of two project awards in North East Derbyshire and Durham

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