At the Calderdale Council Cabinet meeting on Monday, January 17, members will consider whether to recommend to the full council to allocate funds and use prudential borrowing to advance advanced facility development.
This would allow the construction of new combined swimming and recreation facilities at the existing site of the North Bridge Leisure Center in Halifax.
“Time is too short” to redesign Halifax’s new swimming pool and recreation center
Councilor Jane Scullion, member of the Calderdale Council for Regeneration and Strategy, said: âWe are truly delighted to discuss plans to move the Halifax Leisure Center forward, during one of the most ambitious and inspiring times. for the city. This project is part of the unprecedented investment of over Â£ 200million in Halifax over the next decade, which we feature in our ‘Do you think you know Halifax? ” countryside.
âIn addition to providing modern, top-notch facilities to help people be active and connected, the new center is another stepping stone towards the regeneration and sustainable future of Halifax and the rest of Calderdale, combating the climate change and the reduction of inequalities in the lives of local populations.
The Council said the project must be delivered within a tight deadline to reduce the impact of unprecedented increases in construction costs, following significant inflation in the prices of materials, labor and labor. energy, and to benefit from the money given to Calderdale by the central government from the Leveling Up Fund before its spending deadline.
Councilor Jenny Lynn, a member of the Calderdale Council Cabinet for Utilities and Communities, added, âThe real beauty of the proposed new recreation center and pool is that it has something to appeal to. every person in Calderdale and beyond, regardless of their background, age or how fit they are.
âYou can work out in the 25m swimming pool, the spinning studio or adventure climbing, or take time out from your busy life in the sauna, steam room or cafÃ©. All of this – and more – would have a huge impact on health and wellness. “
The benefits of the proposed Halifax Leisure Center according to Calderdale’s advice:
The Council consulted with community and disability groups, as well as an accessibility specialist, during the design process to ensure that people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can enjoy and benefit from the facilities. .
The inclusion of an independent living center would provide good quality information and support to people living with a range of long-term health issues, and the plans support the ambition to become an Age Friendly Calderdale.
The project would help implement the Council’s Wellness Strategy and the Active Calderdale movement. It would create high-quality, accessible and sustainable sports and leisure facilities that provide inclusive services for all and allow inactive people to become active and more residents to realize their potential by participating in sports and physical activities. It would improve long-term health and well-being and help people live longer lives through Vision2024 for Calderdale.
Inclusive economic recovery
The location of the new recreation center between downtown Halifax and Dean Clough would help attract more people, visitors and local large-scale development workers to the downtown area. Increased attendance at this and other large-scale projects would help energize the region at a crucial stage of inclusive economic recovery from the pandemic.
A good start in life for the youth of Calderdale
Swimming is an important and vital life skill for safety in Calderdale, home to many rivers, canals, and open water sites. The proposed new swimming pool would provide high quality facilities for the Council to offer swimming lessons to all primary school children. The center would also provide leisure facilities for around 700 young people studying at Trinity Sixth Form Academy, which opened in Northgate in 2020.
The Council has incorporated a significant number of carbon emission reduction features into the building’s design to help reduce environmental impact and help address the climate emergency. Features offered include a microfiltration pool system to reduce water and chemical use; natural ventilation and energy efficient air source heat pumps; planting wildflowers and green roof areas to create wildlife habitat and retain rainwater for gradual release into the drainage system; and bicycle racks to encourage more cycling to and from the center.
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