Sustainability takes centre stage

6 Feb 2024 11:26
Published by: Scott Callan

Transformation: An artist’s impression of the refurbished centre (Photo credit: Trafford Leisure)

WORK on the multi-million pound refurbishment of Altrincham Leisure Centre is ‘progressing well’ with the centre set to open in the autumn.
An update on the work to transform the centre on Oakfield Road into a state-of-the-art modern leisure facility has been released by the project team.
The majority of the site has now been cleared, work has started on the extension to the front of the building for the extended gym and spa, and carbon reduction elements have been installed on site.
Solar panels have been installed on the roof. The use of gas has also been removed from the site to additionally help improve the carbon footprint of the building.
And in keeping with the environmentally-friendly theme, more than 95 per cent of all the construction, demolition and excavation waste has been diverted away from landfill.
Construction giant Kier signed a contract with Trafford Council last year to complete the main works.
The project includes creating a 25m swimming pool, a 20m learner pool, a pool pod to improve accessibility, a combined lobby area with pool viewing and café, wet side change areas, an inclusive Changing Places toilet and a health and wellbeing spa facility.
There will also be a wellness assessment room, an enlarged fitness suite, fitness changing and dry change areas, two flexible studio spaces, an immersive indoor cycle studio, a four-court sports hall, a gymnastics hub and staff rooms and offices.
The new mix of facilities at Altrincham Leisure Centre – rebranded move Altrincham - has been developed with support from Sport England.
Jo Cherrett is chief executive of Trafford Leisure, a community interest company wholly owned by the council, which manages leisure in the borough.
She said: “We are very pleased with the progress Kier has made in integrating the environmental considerations into the building’s design and operation. If we always do what we have always done in building leisure centres, nothing will change, and I am pleased to see that construction and design is starting to evolve.
“We can’t wait for it to reopen under its new name move Altrincham, and for the local people of Altrincham to have a place they can be proud of and enjoy.”

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