The project to redevelop Congleton Leisure Centre is now in the Pre-Construction Services stage, Cheshire East Council has appointed Pulse Design & Build following a comprehensive procurement. This stage of the project will see Cheshire East Council’s Project Team working with Pulse and their wider Design Team to refine the final design, culminating in the submission of a full planning application.
The project will see the construction of a new pool hall incorporating a 6 lane 25m pool and learner pool (larger than the current one) with plenty of pool viewing. The programme of construction is geared to maintaining swimming throughout the redevelopment, retaining the legacy pool until the new pool is tested and available for use. This will then see the demolition of the old pool hall and it is important to note that safe access by centre users is paramount at this time and the team are committed to engaging with key stakeholders on this. The fitness offer will be significantly improved with a modern state of the art gym over 2 floors with dedicated accessible equipment.
There are a number of exciting elements still being refined as the project moves through to the planning application and prepares for formal consultation. Below are a couple of images of how the some of the facility may look.
Visuals are artists representations and may be subject to amends prior to final design for Planning
It is anticipated that the construction could commence (subject to securing planning permission) from April/May 2019 with a 74 week construction period. Initially the project anticipated that the rugby pitch on Hankinson’s Field may not have been available during the construction phase. However, working with Pulse, Cheshire East has been able to maintain the pitch availability throughout the project. This will be subject to further input from the rugby club and RFU approval; we continue to engage with the club on a regular basis and will very soon be meeting again with Friends of the Park. In the very near future Cheshire East will provide greater detail of the proposed scheme at the leisure centre and be available for drop in sessions for centre users, surrounding businesses and the wider public can come and get a better understanding of the project.