Work is due to get underway on a new multi-million-pound leisure centre in Halifax. Calderdale Council secured £12.2m from the government’s Levelling Up Fund to help fund the new facility, which will replace two facilities – North Bridge Leisure Centre and Halifax Swimming Pool. Both facilities were outdated and in urgent need of replacement.
The new Halifax Leisure Centre is being built on the site of the former North Bridge facility, which closed to the public in March 2022.
Scheduled to open in 2024, the new centre will house a six-lane, 25m swimming pool and separate large teaching pool. Other facilities include a gym, exercise studios, a dedicated group cycling studio, an eight-court sports hall, sauna and steam room, and a café. A new adventure climbing facility and interactive play facilities will extend the offer to appeal to a wider age group.
Led by development partner, Alliance Leisure, for Calderdale Council, the venue is being developed in partnership with GT3 Architects and built by contractors McLaughlin and Harvey. A number of carbon-reducing features have been incorporated into the design to help reduce the impact on the environment and contribute to the council’s carbon-neutral targets. These include a sedum roof and a number of low carbon technologies.
The facility is being developed to reduce health inequalities by enabling more people to get physically active.
“Research carried out by Calderdale Council found that improvements in sports and leisure facilities in Halifax would support more people of all ages and abilities to be active,” says James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure.
“Replacing the two outdated centres in the town with a modern, fit-for-purpose facility that meets the needs of a wider range of age and interest groups will allow the council to support levelling up and address local health inequalities, while ensuring a sustainable future for the delivery of affordable and inclusive facilities and services.”
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion, added: “The new leisure centre is a major investment for the council and demonstrates our commitment to our Active Calderdale mission – supporting residents to lead more active lifestyles and reducing inequalities.
“This fantastic new facility will also complement wider regeneration works around Halifax town centre, making this an exciting and inspiring time for the town.”