Kier has started construction works at the £15.5m leisure centre and community hub project on the Festival Hall site in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Kier is delivering the project for client, Ashfield District Council.
The new leisure centre in Kirkby-In-Ashfield will be built alongside the existing leisure centre, Festival Hall. It will bring brand new facilities including a 25m community pool with moveable floor, sauna and steam rooms, fitness suite, clip and climb and adventure play. The new centre will open in the spring of 2022 with demolition of Festival Hall will be completed by autumn 2022.
Ashfield District Council has an overarching vision for a sustainable leisure facility to regenerate and inspire the local community. The scheme has been designed so that it will support the physical well-being of the local community and create a focal point for social interaction.
Kier will be working in collaboration with Ashfield District Council and Festival Hall to keep the existing leisure facilities open throughout the construction period.
Martin Williamson, operations manager at Kier Regional Building North & Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Ashfield District Council on this state-of-the-art new leisure facility, which will provide much-needed modernised facilities for local people. The project draws on both our technical excellence and experience of delivering multi-use leisure facilities.”
Kier are also looking at a number of ways to support the local community throughout the build. These include workshops for the young people, volunteer events, site visits and work placements.
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of Ashfield District Council said: “It’s an incredible feeling to be on site and start to see where the different parts of the leisure centre will be built.
“This project is something that the people of Ashfield have been long-promised and I am confident that in partnership with Kier, we will deliver a vibrant community-based facility that will rival any other in the country.”
This latest win for Kier reinforces its position as a leading provider of leisure complex’s. It is currently on site delivering a £15m leisure centre in Liversedge in Yorkshire which includes eight-lane, 25m pool, an activity pool with moveable floor and fitness and cycling studios.