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 channelled 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). Further allocations have been made for the other 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. The planned investments will enhance sporting opportunities and general activity participation whilst also delivering clear health, social and community benefits for the local areas.
Nantwich will benefit from a £2.1 million investment into Nantwich Pool as the first phase of the redevelopment project is now set to begin in May.
Everybody Sport and Recreation members and the community of Nantwich will initially benefit from an extended gym and a brand new Group Cycling Studio, one of the key suggestions by Nantwich members in the Everybody Sport and Recreation annual surveys. The centre will also be transformed with a new social area including a Taste for Life Café and a larger, modern reception area.
Planning permission has been received for the extension at Nantwich Pool and the first building phase is due to commence in early May for completion by the end of the year. It has now been confirmed that Cheshire East Council has awarded the contract to start the works to Engie.
A second phase to the project will include the changing provision and access to the Outdoor Pool, to enhance the customer experience for members and tourists alike.
The name of the newly redeveloped centre will be ‘Nantwich Leisure Centre’ to better reflect the improved facilities at the site.
Works at the Barony Sports complex are now complete with a new group fitness studio, lift access and refurbished changing rooms, ready to welcome back members from the 17th May for indoor group exercise. The Nantwich Outdoor Swimming Pool is also currently undergoing some improvement works which are on track for the reopening of the much loved Outdoor Brine Pool by 23rd May 2021 ready to welcome back members and tourists for the summer season.
Work at the Barony Sports Complex is now complete.
Internally, this includes a new studio, lift access to the first floor, refurbished changing rooms and works to the reception to allow access to the first floor.
Externally, as part of wider masterplan for the park that ANSA are leading on, this project has installed a low level fence around the perimeter of the park. This is primarily to ensure the safety of the public when accessing the park including during mass participation events in the future.
A revised business case, accounting for the effects of COVID-19, has been reviewed for the proposed development of the facilities at Sutton Lane in Middlewich. The scheme has received the green light to proceed through the design phase with a view to achieving planning permission for the scheme later in 2021.
The proposal is an extension to the existing changing pavilion at Sutton Lane Playing Fields. It will provide a 60-station gym, two new fitness studios will help to meet the demand for more exercise classes in Middlewich. These multifunctional spaces, along with a further room on the first floor, will also be accessible for community groups and health and wellbeing initiatives. Access to the site is to be improved by widening the road from the junction with Long Lane South to the entrance to the site.
If the design stage runs to plan, building works will be due to start in late-2021 and complete in the Autumn of 2022.
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.
The scheme at Poynton Leisure Centre had progressed through the design stages, during 2020, culminating in a public consultation event in the Autumn. Shortly following this, key aspects of the design became unaffordable after a series of issues materialised. Following a detailed budget review, it has been agreed to pause the project to develop a better understanding of the issues locally and develop a revised proposal to address these by the Autumn.
The overall 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. All parties are still committed to delivering the scheme for the benefit of the local community.
The proposed scheme would 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 proposes improvements to Knutsford Academy site to provide new facilities better suited to the needs of users. In addition, the tennis courts and artificial grass pitch will be refurbished.
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.