A special event to celebrate the start of building work at the new £27m fitness and wellbeing centre at Holt Park took place earlier today.
Leeds council executive board members Councillor Lucinda Yeadon and Councillor Adam Ogilvie were on hand with spades to help out at the ‘breaking the ground’ ceremony this morning.
The construction of the new centre is finally underway after government approval was confirmed in December 2011. It will be one of the first of its kind in the UK combining services provided by the council’s adult social care and sports services under one roof.
The official name of the centre was also announced today, following the council’s recent naming competition, which encouraged the public to help find a suitable name for it. Eleanor Gallon from Headingley came up with the name Holt Park Active, which reflects the range of activities that will be on offer, as well as being short and easy to pronounce.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for adult health and social care said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that building work has finally started after the long delay we experienced whilst waiting to hear whether we would still receive the PFI funding required to progress with this project.
“Holt Park Active will be an amazing facility that will enable people to easily access social care and community facilities within their local area. It will also help people with greater needs such as a physical or learning disability, or a mental health problem to access the personalised services they need confidently and easily.”
Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive board member with responsibility for sport and leisure said:
“Holt Park Active is a name that really sums up the whole ethos of this project. It will be a real ‘one-stop shop’ for people of all ages to access a wide variety of council services plus state-of-the-art leisure facilities, and is sure to be another great facility for the city to be proud of.”
On coming up with the name for the centre, Eleanor Gallon said:
"I thought of the name Holt Park Active as it is less of a mouthful than having to tag on the usual 'leisure centre', 'wellbeing centre', 'active living centre' etc - it's short and snappy. And the centre is about keeping residents active at the end of the day."
Holt Park Active will provide a community hub for the area and will feature:
• A hydrotherapy pool
• A 25-metre swimming pool
• A teaching pool
• Multi-activity rooms
• Meeting areas
• Older people’s hub
• Learning disabilities hub
• Changing Places facilities
• Bodyline gym
• Garden area
• Large activity hall
The centre is funded through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and carried out through the Local Education Partnership and their contractor Interserve Project Services Ltd.
The Local Education Partnership works to assist in the delivery of education and leisure projects in Leeds. It is made up of Leeds City Council, the national Building Schools for the Future investment programme and private sector companies Interserve Project Services Limited, Barclays Private Equity and Cambridge Education.
For details about locations of Changing Places facilities nationwide, visit the website at http://www.changing-places.org/
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Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578