Ashfield District Council’s cabinet will meet this month to agree the land behind the current Festival Hall site as the preferred location for Kirkby’s new flagship leisure destination.
The state-of-the-art provision will see the introduction of long awaited water space to Kirkby in the form of a leisure pool and a 25 meter swimming pool, as well as an indoor adventure climbing wall and cinema screen in the multi-purpose sports hall.
The facility mix proposed includes:
- Water Space (25m pool with flexible floor and separate leisure water pool)
- Sports Hall (size of four badminton courts, same and the current Festival Hall)
- Health and Fitness suite with full gymnasium
- Two multi activity studios
- Group Cycling studio
- Wellbeing toning and Rehabilitation suite
- Indoor adventure climbing wall
The proposed facility mix presents an improved model of provision and will support growth in sports development, play, fun, events and conferences, direct and indirect employment, business and health and wellbeing.
Councillor Tom Hollis, Cabinet member for Strategic Leisure, said: “The Council’s Vision is ‘to secure a districtwide network of quality, affordable, accessible and sustainable Leisure Centres and services for the benefit of all residents of Ashfield and surrounding areas.
“By bringing such excellent facilities to Kirkby, the new leisure centre will be a destination for residents to be proud of.
“Building on Council-owned land has helped us make the project more affordable and include the new pool, which the residents of Kirkby have been promised for decades. Importantly the options provide something for everyone with activities for the very young to older people.”
Local Paralympic Swimming gold medallist Ollie Hynd MBE is endorsing the project and said: “To have such high-quality leisure provision in Kirkby will be an amazing addition to the town. The project can only benefit the local area in terms of participation and health and wellbeing so I hope it will help to breed the next generation of world champion athletes in Ashfield.”
The proposal will see the new leisure centre built behind the current site, ensuring that the existing Leisure Centre remains open to its customers throughout the build programme. The centre will also be designed to allow space for future growth. It is anticipated that the new centre will be opened in 2021.
The cabinet meeting to discuss and approve the project will be held on Monday 21st January.