7 August 2015

Construction work is now well underway on the new £7m Thorncliffe Leisure Centre development in High Green.

This development at Thorncliffe Recreation Ground, along with the new Graves project in the south of Sheffield, will be the first leisure developments in the city in a decade. Building work is being carried out by Kier Construction.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield City Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “I’m delighted to see construction started at High Green and that the build is on track for the opening of the new centre next spring.

“This new facility, together with the new £16m centre at Graves which is also under construction, will include health services as well as the familiar aspects of a modern leisure centre to support increased physical activity as part of keeping well and improving physical and mental health.

“I am pleased that our partnership working with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Sport England is enabling Sheffield City Council to deliver these new centres to improve the health of Sheffield people.”

John O’Callaghan, regional managing director for Kier Construction, said: “Since starting on site earlier this year the team have made very good progress.

“Kier and specialist leisure architect Pozzoni are working closely with all stakeholders and our supply chain partners to ensure the delivery of the completed sports centre in May 2016.”

Operator Places for People Leisure was selected earlier this year to run both of the multi-million pound new sports venues, which will open in 2016.

The centres will incorporate swimming pools, gyms and health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). This unique relationship with the NCSEM – an Olympic Legacy project – brings health and wellbeing services under one roof, with leisure and sports at both sites.

Places for People Leisure operates more than 100 leisure centres across the country and has been UK Leisure Operator of the Year for the past three years. It will manage Thorncliffe Leisure Centre from when it opens its doors in spring next year.

Staff currently working at Chapeltown Pool, which will close when the new centre opens, will transfer over to the new leisure centre.

There will also be additional job opportunities available both at Thorncliffe and at Graves into 2016 and beyond, further details of which will be made available in due course.

Richard Cowley, Area Manager for Places for People Leisure, said: “It’s very exciting to see good progress being made on the construction of both new leisure centres.

“These exciting new facilities will provide fantastic opportunities for members of the local community to engage in a number of different sporting and fitness activities, and will help to achieve our goal of creating active places and healthy people.”

Coun Bowler added: “Here in Sheffield we have a proud sporting heritage and it is important that we build upon that to create the right environment in which the sportsmen and women of the future can train, develop and thrive.

“But it isn’t just about the elite; it is about every man, woman and child in our city being fitter, healthier and enjoying physical activity.

“This new leisure centre at Thorncliffe, along with the facilities that are also set to be developed at Graves, will be a top-class venue at which people from all walks of life can swim, take part in team sports and join in fitness sessions to make them happier and healthier.”

Sport England has invested £1m of National Lottery funding from its Iconic Facilities Fund towards the building of the new centre, as well as working closely with the project team to provide detailed advice and support on the development of the plans.

Funding has also come from Ecclesfield Parish Council, Sheffield City Council and the NCSEM.