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Rebranded Harrogate Hydro reopens following £13.5m redevelopment

The facility has been renamed as Harrogate Leisure and Wellbeing Centre (Image: Alliance Leisure)

The Harrogate Hydro reopened its doors this week following a £13.5 million transformation project funded by North Yorkshire Council.

As part of the redevelopment of the venue – which was delivered by Alliance Leisure – the facility has been renamed as Harrogate Leisure and Wellbeing Centre.

The building’s footprint has been expanded and substantially reimagined throughout, as part of the council’s goal to create a bright, modern offering more in keeping with the needs of today’s vibrant and diverse community.

New facilities include a new 400sq m fitness suite, a Les Mills immersive cycle studio, a sauna and steam suite, a wellness suite kitted out with power-assisted Innerva machines and a reconfigured reception and café.

Existing pool and leisure facilities have also been completely overhauled. In the pool, a new diving structure has been installed.

Outside, the building has been remodelled to complement the surrounding environment with landscaping, a reconfigured car park, bicycle storage and electric vehicle charging points.

James Foley, Alliance Leisure’s Commercial Director and strategic project lead, said: “Investment in the old Hydro has transformed the facility and future proofed leisure provision for many years to come.

“In addition to the visible improvements, there is so much that has gone on behind the scenes to make this centre more energy efficient.

“Air source heat pumps have replaced existing gas boilers and 250 solar panels have been installed along with new energy monitoring and control systems. These measures are expected to half the carbon footprint of the leisure centre. This is great news for the council’s net zero targets, great news for residents and ultimately, great news for the planet.”

Alliance Leisure worked in partnership with ISG Construction and GT3 architects on the project, which was delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, managed by Denbighshire Leisure Limited (DLL).

North Yorkshire’s Council’s executive member for culture, arts and housing, Councillor Simon Myers, said: “We are committed to ensuring that North Yorkshire has a healthy and more active population that is living longer and more independently.

“The re-opening of the new and improved Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre will ensure that continues to be the case.

“It is also pleasing that energy-efficiency has been at the heart of the project, in line with our climate pledges, and this will serve as an example for other facilities across the county.”

The redevelopment will be followed later in the year with the completion of the new-build Knaresborough Leisure Centre, as part of a generational and regenerative approach to leisure and wellbeing provision in the community.

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