Construction company Kier has secured a £20m contract for the revamp of Altrincham Leisure Centre from Trafford Council, UK.

Procured through the Northwest Construction Hub Framework, the project will involve an overhaul of the current facility along with an added extension to provide extra amenities.

The extension at the leisure centre will include the construction of a 25m swimming pool, a 20m leisure pool, Poolpods to aid those with disabilities, and a health and wellness spa.

Other amenities to be added include a wellness assessment room, a new fitness space, two group exercise studio spaces, an indoor cycle studio, a four-court sports hall and storage area, a gymnastics hub, as well as staff rooms and offices.

The new lobby will include a pool-viewing area, a café, and access to an inclusive changing space.

As part of the development, roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels and two large air-source heat pumps will also be installed.

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Together, these clean energy sources are expected to annually save 444 tons of carbon dioxide emissions; meaning the existing gas supply at the centre could potentially be eliminated.

Work on the project has begun and is expected to conclude in mid-2024.

The new facilities have been developed with support from Sport England. The investment supports the council’s strategy ‘Trafford Moving’, which aims to get more people to improve their health and well-being via exercise.

Trafford Council’s councillor for Culture and Leisure Cath Hynes said: “The health and wellbeing of residents in our communities is extremely important to us and I am delighted that we are completely transforming Altrincham Leisure Centre into an amazing 21st-century facility for everyone to enjoy.

“This is not just a lick of paint – we will be totally transforming this centre – like we did at move Urmston and the results will be just as impressive. We are investing millions of pounds into this project as we believe that is the right thing to do to ensure that residents are given top-class facilities to help them improve their health, fitness and well-being.”

Kier Construction North and Scotland managing director Sean Fenner said: “Not only will the building deliver first-class wellness and fitness facilities, but it will also provide significant sustainability benefits that will positively impact local residents for years to come.”