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New Horwich Leisure Centre Development

Work is well under way to build a new leisure centre for Horwich. The former multi-storey car park has been demolished and temporary car parking provided, while the new centre is being built on the former car park.

 

The project is being funded by BCLT, which manages the centre, and Bolton Council to encourage more people to take up sport and live longer healthier and happier lives. The demolition phase is now complete which is the most noisy and disruptive part of the works and local residents and leisure centre customers must be thanked for their patience during this and into the second phase of works that has now started.

Phase 2 of the development (weeks 9-15)

In the next six weeks of the programme for the new Horwich Leisure Centre we will see:

• The dig to reduce and level the land which will have been completed to the entire footprint of the new leisure centre.

• The Piling works, a vertical structure driven into the ground to support the foundations of the building, will be completed subject to the successful removal of the existing piles and suitability of the proposed new pile layout.

• The concrete retaining wall to prevent land movement will have also started.

• The ground works start to prepare the ground ready for the building’s steel frame which will be in place before Christmas.

• The 3D visual plans are currently being worked on for the internal and external finishes of the centre and detailed specifications are to be agreed for the layout of the fitness suite. The current centre will remain open until the new leisure centre is opened, after which the old centre will be demolished to make way for a modern Health Hub housing multiple GP surgeries and localised health services. The new centre will include a 25-metre six-lane pool, a separate training pool, a 100-station fitness suite, spin and dance studios, a four-court sports hall, changing facilities and new car parking.

Some Interesting facts:

• All the material from the existing car park has been recycled and no waste has been sent to landfill.

• The concrete from the car park has been crushed, which can fill one Olympic size swimming pool to the top, and all the crushed material will be reused on site.

• The metal extracted was sent away for recycling and will eventually go to India to help build their coal mines.

• At one point the site had £1 million worth of demolition machinery on site.

• Feeding the busy workforce - some 625 bacon butties were consumed by the demolition operatives whilst carrying out the work and all these were bought in Horwich contributing £1125 to the local economy.

Consultation

Ongoing communication with customers and residents has addressed issues that have arisen and helped minimise disruption including:

• Setting up a dedicated Information Point within the leisure centre.

• A dedicated page to provide updates on developments on BCLT website and regular

Facebook and Twitter feeds.

• Changes of on-site works start times during demolition to address local’s concerns.

• Community walk to view the potential issues and proposals in and around Old Station Park.

• Monitoring unauthorised use of temporary car park.

• Providing security on site during out of work hours.

• Monitored CCTV of site compounds introduced, 8 August

If you have any comments or queries please get in touch with us by email at:

horwich@bolton.gov.uk

 

Horwich Leisure Centre Development Stage 2
(Weeks 9 - 15)

Cut, Fill and Piling

Horwich Rebuild Map

November 2016

Progress with new centre - Weeks 16 - 26

Visitors to Horwich Leisure Centre can see the progress being made to the new facility.

The foundations and concrete pilings have all gone in, and the steel sheet piles are now being installed ready for the retaining wall, with the steel frame arriving on site early November.

The new leisure centre is being built on the site of the former multi-storey car park, and the current centre will remain open until it is ready. The old centre will be demolished to make way for a modern health hub housing multiple GP surgeries and localised health services.

The project is funded by Bolton Community Leisure Trust, which manages the centre, and Bolton Council to encourage more people to take up sport and live longer healthier and happier lives.

There has been ongoing communication with customers and residents to try and address any issues that have arisen and help minimise disruption.

As well as a dedicated information point within the centre, progress pictures and live coverage of ‘work in progress’ can be seen through a time lapse camera on the Horwich Rebuild page at www.boltonleisure.com

Wherever possible local businesses have been supported in the building of the new facility:

  • All the steel frame building components have been produced, supplied and installed by a Bolton steel fabricator.
  • The total tonnage of steel that will be used in the building will be 210 ton.
  • The proposed concrete retaining wall has been supplied by a company that produces 1.5 miles of concrete wall a week from their factory.
  • All the concrete for the foundation and slabs will be provided by a company from Horwich Business Park.
Work already completed during phase 1 and 2 (weeks 1-15)
  • Work started on 20th June 2016 on the demolition of the former multi-storey car park
  • Building of perimeter fences and access roads for construction vehicles
  • Dig to reduce and level the land to the entire footprint of the new leisure centre
  • The Piling of the vertical structure which is driven into the ground to support the foundations of the building
  • Preparing the ground ready for the building’s steel frame
Work to be carried out in phases 3 and 4 (weeks16-26)
  • Install the foundations and drainage
  • Placement of the concrete retaining wall to prevent land movement
  • Erect the steel frame of the building
  • Work is ongoing to finalise the layout of the new fitness suite and internal and external finishes of the centre

Car Parking

We greatly appreciate the patience of customers and residents with the restricted car parking facilities during construction especially during peak times in the early evening.

There are a number of alternative free public car parks in close proximity to the centre as shown on the map opposite.

New Horwich Leisure Centre Development Stages 3 & 4 (Weeks 16 - 26)

Week 1 - Location planning

Week 1

 

Week 2 - Set up

Week 2

 

Week 3 - Demolition Commencement

Week 3


Week 4 - Demolition
Week 4 Demlotion


Week 5 - Slabs Foundation & Crushing
Week 5 Slabs foundations and crushing


Week 6 - Crushing & Foundation Removal
Week 6 crushing and foundation removal


Week 7 - Completion of Crushing and foundations, Cut and fill mobalisation
Week 7

Week 8 - Cut and Fill commencement and site establishment


Week 9 - Cut and fill
Week 9 Cut and fill


Week 10 - Cut and fill

 

Week 11 - Piling
Week 11 - Piling


Week 12 - Piling works on-going
Week 12 Piling works on going

 

Week 13 



Week 14 - Foundation works continue


 

Week 15 - Foundation works


Week 16 - Foundation work continues

 

Week 17 to 21 -  Foundation work continues


Week 22

 

Week 23

 

Week 26 to 29 - Retaining Wall works & steel frame.


Week 29 to 32 - Progress


Week 33 to 38

 

 

New Horwich Leisure Centre Development

Sneak peek inside your new Horwich Leisure Centre


Walking past the new centre it is clear to see how much progress has taken place outside, but inside is taking shape too.


The new centre will include a 25 metre six lane swimming pool, a separate teaching pool, a 100 station fitness suite, spin and dance studios, a four court sports hall, changing facilities and a new car park.

This project is being funded by BCLT, which manages the centre, and Bolton Council to
encourage more people to take up sport and live longer, healthier and happier lives.


In recent weeks the opportunity has arisen to relocate the admin base for Bolton Community Leisure Trust to another centre which has allowed us to move the new virtual spin studio into that area. As a result there will now be an additional 60m2 of space in the new fitness suite meaning it will be even better than originally
proposed.

Based on customer feedback and a recent Gymetrix survey which records usage levels of each piece of equipment we have now finalised the layout for the new fitness suite which will provide a bespoke space that caters for all requirements. One of the key pieces of feedback was that the area needed to feel spacious so we have specifically selected equipment to allow this to happen whilst ensuring that the key areas such
as the free weights space has exactly the right amount of equipment needed for demand.



A diverse range of equipment will be included not only to match customer expectations but to ensure that we are ahead of the pace in terms of technology and what is available in the market place, as examples this will include Discovery
Series equipment from Lifefitness with the ultimate in touch console technology providing a captivating experience that will allow you to run, cycle or cross train through the grand canyon if you so wish!

Watt Bikes will be added to the mix to create the ultimate indoor cycling experience on the gym floor. Wattbike isn’t just the choice of elite road and track cyclists. World and olympic champions across all sports use Wattbike to train smarter, push harder and improve performance.

An Octane free runner will also be available for usage, this will provide a true workout experience with no impact on the joints of the body. This can be used for walking, jogging or running.

The more traditional equipment will still also be available, so not matter what your aims and objectives are you will be able to achieve your goal.



Wet Changing Village

The new wet changing village on the ground floor which will include different spaces suitable for individuals, families and groups. The pool hall is also shaping up with balance
tanks some 15 Metres long in place ready for both the main and learner pool tanks to be installed.


Other areas that are now taking shape include the main Sports Hall where the sprung flooring has started to be laid.

To find out more visit:
• The dedicated information board in the current Horwich Leisure Centre
• Horwich rebuild page at www.boltonleisure.com to view the time lapse images and live coverage
• Follow us on Twitter @WDHorwichLC