Wednesday, 11 January 2012

What’s in a name ?


Caption: The new £27m centre is looking for a name (image courtesy of Mentor)

Leeds residents are being asked to get creative and help name the new £27m wellbeing centre at Holt Park.

The new centre, which will see work start on site shortly after final government approval was confirmed last month, will be one of the first of its kind in the UK combining services provided by the council’s adult social care, youth and sports services and the local community all under one roof.

Leeds City Council, which is overseeing the project, has now launched a competition to find the name of the new centre which is to be built on Holtdale Approach as a replacement for the current Holt Park Leisure Centre and is scheduled to open in December 2013.

Some of the potential names already suggested include Holt Park wellbeing centre, Holt Park active living centre, Holt Park active life centre and Holt Park active lifestyle centre but further suggestions are welcomed before a final choice is made.

Entries are requested to reflect the range of activities to be carried out in the new centre as well as being short and easily pronounced and not named after an individual.

The new centre will enable people to 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 access the personalised services they need confidently and easily, as well as providing state-of-the-art new leisure facilities.

The new centre will provide a community hub for the area and will feature:

 hydrotherapy pool
 25-metre swimming pool
 teaching pool
 multi-activity rooms
 meeting areas
 café
 older people’s hub
 learning disabilities hub
 studio
 Bodyline gym
 garden area
 large activity hall
 Changing Places facilities

Entries are now open and can be made by emailing wellbeing@leeds.gov.uk with the suggested name along with the name of the entrant, a contact telephone number and an email address. Entries can also be posted to or handed in at the current Holt Park Leisure Centre, Holt Road, Holt Park, Leeds, LS16 7QD.

Entries close on Friday 27 January with the winner being selected by a panel made up of councillors, current leisure centre customers, council officers and a member of the working group who advised on the make-up of the new centre.

The prize for the winner is a six-month Bodyline fitness membership to be used immediately or when the new centre opens, as well as being a special guest at the ‘turning of the sod’ ceremony in February which celebrates work starting on site.

Leeds City Council executive member for adult health and social care Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“The new centre is going to be an amazing facility for the whole community to make use of so we want to come up with the perfect name to sum up how exciting it is and what it will have to offer. After the long delay in waiting to hear whether the centre would go ahead we are all now eager to crack on with it so we’d like to hear from as many people as possible with their name ideas.”

The creation of the centre is to be funded through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and carried out through the Local Education Partnership and their contractor Interserve Project Services Ltd.

For further information visit wellbeing@leeds.gov.uk or call sport capital investment manager Helen Evans on 0113 224 3184.

Notes to editors:

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 more details on Changing Places facilities nationwide, visit the website at www.changing-places.org

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For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk