New state-of-the-art leisure facility site announced by Oldham Council, as part of town regeneration

By Lucy Kenderdine

The site of a new state-of-the-art leisure centre, set to ‘transform’ the area’s leisure facilities, was announced by Oldham Council this week.

The leisure hub will be sited where Aldi on Eagle Street/Manchester Street in the town centre is currently located.

It will house a 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool and a four-court sports hall alongside two dance/exercise studios.

The development is part of the council’s ongoing leisure review aiming to improve facilities in the town and will replace Oldham’s current centre when it’s completed in 2014.

Councillor Hugh McDonald, Cabinet Member for Education and Safeguarding, said: “The purchase of this site is excellent news and a very important step in our plans to transform leisure facilities for residents.”

Councillor McDonald also said that it will offer good transport links once the Metrolink is completed in the area.

It is hoped that the new centre will act as a physical bridge between Oldham Sixth Form College and Oldham College.

Oldham Council Leader Jim McMahon said: “This venue is an important part of our overall plans to deliver fit-for-purpose and high-quality leisure facilities that properly reflect residents’ needs and aspirations.”

UK construction company Willmott Dixon is a partner on the project.

Their managing director of the Northern region, Anthony Dillon, said: “We are delighted to be working with Oldham Council to deliver this fantastic facility that the whole community can benefit from and contributes to the on-going regeneration of the town.”

The company was also selected to build three new academy schools in Oldham and the Hollinwood-based firm want to ensure that Oldham’s own companies and residents will get as much work as possible on these contracts.

Mr Dillon said: “As with the academies projects we will be working closely with the Council to ensure the maximum economic impact for the people and businesses of Oldham.”

The plans are only initial specifications for the facility and will be developed over the coming months.

The council are still conducting consultation with different groups to decide on the exact design of the build.

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