Since Hyndburn Borough Council, Hyndburn Leisure and Sport England teamed up to begin a review of council-owned leisure buildings and other community facilities in January 2019, we’ve made a lot of progress towards transforming them for the benefit of our borough.

To date, we have secured over £15 million investment from a number of grants and funds to transform leisure facilities and services – a significant amount that we’re confident will make a huge difference to local people’s health and sense of connection to Hyndburn. Some of this money has already been spent; for example, £1.98 million of funding from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme which was used to cut carbon emissions at Hyndburn Leisure Centre by over 70%.

The Council has now secured £12.68 million to deliver the largest project in our leisure transformation plans, Wilson Sports Village.

 

 

The planned site is located on land known as Wilson Playing Fields, which currently consists of a series of playing fields, a running track, clubhouse building, car parking and woodland trails. The proposal retains the existing mature tree line along the Western boundary which will provide natural screening from Whalley Road. The existing woodland paths will be retained and there will be no net-loss of the playing pitches and running track facilities.

 

 

The new development, delivered in partnership with Sport England who have contributed £2.4 million of the funding, will include a four-lane 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness suite, sauna and steam room, group exercise studio, cafe, large changing village and dedicated changing facilities that will service teams making use of the various outdoor sports facilities. The facilities are designed to accommodate an array of ages and abilities to ensure an accessible facility available for the whole local community to use and enjoy.

In addition to creating a modern activity and sports hub, designed to meet the specific needs of the community, the new building will be designed to optimise energy efficiencies. Air source heat pumps, solar panels and the utilisation of the very latest Low and Zero Carbon Technologies will all support the Council’s ambition to achieve Net Zero by 2030, building on the decarbonisation progress already made at Hyndburn Leisure Centre.

All works are to be delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, managed by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL) and led by leisure development specialists, Alliance Leisure, in full consultation with Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure.

 

A Timeline of the planned works can be seen below:

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