Everybody 5 Towns Investment Plans

December 2019

Five key towns in Cheshire East, including Nantwich, Poynton, Middlewich, Knutsford & Wilmslow will benefit from strategic investment into leisure facilities – improving people’s health. The joint investment scheme, between Everybody Sport & Recreation and Cheshire East Council, will see multi-million pound investments channeled into these 5 important towns over the next three years. This builds on the collective leisure investments already made with our key partners in Crewe, Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, along with schemes underway in Macclesfield, Alderley Edge and Congleton.

The high level business cases for all 5 towns were formulated during 2018 and approved as part of the Cheshire East Council Medium Term Financial Strategy in February 2019. These are long-term sustainable plans based upon enabling much improved facilities resulting in greater participation in a wide range of activities for the towns.

Since that time detailed schemes have been developed and approved for Nantwich (£2.1 million) and Poynton (£4.6 million). Further allocations have been made for the other three towns, which are subject to detailed feasibility studies and approval of detailed business cases.

All of these are still subject to further community engagement and consultation with key stakeholders – with the aim to create more flexible leisure spaces that can be programmed for multiple and changing usage. This will take place in late 2019 and throughout 2020. The planned investments will enhance sporting opportunities and general activity participation whilst also delivering clear health, social and community benefits for the local areas.

Your Town Investments

Poynton Leisure Centre

Poynton will see £4.6 million invested into Poynton Leisure Centre.

The scheme, designed through a jointly commissioned feasibility study, is at a cost that can provide a strong return on investment. It utilises the existing infrastructure and brings to life unused areas whilst also complementing the high school next door as part of a wider development scheme. The project will deliver a new dedicated highway access to the site – providing over 100  car parking spaces, a 2-storey modern extension, soft-play area, café, new changing facilities, new gym and additional studios.

The scheme is part of a larger project in conjunction with Poynton Academy and Cheshire East Council Education Team to develop an artificial grass football pitch.

Works at Poynton Leisure Centre are planned to start in mid-2020 and complete in early 2021.

Nantwich Leisure Centre & Barony Sports Complex

Nantwich will benefit from a £2.1 million investment into Nantwich Pool and the Barony Sports Complex.

Nantwich Pool will see an extended gym, helping to cater for the current and future membership. Supporting this will be a new Group Cycling Studio – one of the key suggestions by Nantwich members in the Everybody Sport and Recreation annual surveys. The development also includes a café and a larger, modern reception area as well as enhancing, within the existing building footprint, the changing provision and access to the Outdoor Pool, to provide better access for members and tourists alike.

A key element of the scheme includes renaming the site to Nantwich Leisure Centre to better reflect the enhanced facilities at the improved site.

Works at Nantwich Pool are planned to start in mid-2020 and complete early in 2021.

The Barony will benefit from a new multifunctional studio by adapting two, largely unused, existing outdoor changing rooms. Access, for all potential users for these new areas will be via a new lift. Outdoor safety and the ability to host mass participation events will be enhanced through improvements to the perimeter of the site.

Work at the Barony will commence in late-2019 and will complete early in 2020.

Knutsford Leisure Centre

Knutsford will benefit from a £4.5 million investment into the existing Knutsford Leisure Centre site.

The scheme will see an extension to the reception area to create a welcoming environment, new gym with state-of-the-art equipment encouraging more members to join, learner pool allowing more people to learn to swim, multifunctional studio and extended car park for leisure use.

The wider project will see Knutsford Academy modernised with the new drama facilities. In addition, the tennis courts and artificial grass pitch will be refurbished.

The project is to be developed through 2020 with the development targeted to commence in 2021.

Middlewich Leisure Centre

Middlewich will see £2.5 million invested into a new gym, with up to 60 stations, and flexible studio spaces with state-of-the-art equipment encouraging more members to join. This could be at either in Middlewich Leisure Centre or at an alternative site in the town.

Everybody Sport and Recreation are currently exploring the most suitable site to locate this investment within the town. In any case Everybody Sport and Recreation remains committed to delivering the offer at Middlewich Leisure Centre and any investment(s) will complement this facility.

The project is to be developed through 2020 with the development targeted to commence in 2021.

Wilmslow Leisure Centre

Everybody Sport and Recreation are currently reviewing options to enhance the existing facility at Wilmslow Leisure Centre; looking to modernise the changing facilities, enhance customer access, including improved parking/travel solutions, along with a variety of indoor/outdoor facility improvements. Building on recent investments made at the site in the café, gym and introduction of the Speedflex product.

The feasibility study will commence in early 2020 and look to invest in 2021-22.