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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.
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:
Cut, Fill and Piling
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:
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.