Willmott Dixon has secured a $13m (£10m) contract from Harrogate Borough Council for the expansion of an existing leisure centre in Ripon, the UK.

The company is a provider of leisure, fitness and wellbeing accommodation and has delivered dry and wet facilities valued over $391m (£300m).

Under the contract, Willmott will expand Ripon’s leisure centre by building a new 25m pool with related changing and community areas.

The firm will add a new main entrance and lobby to the present centre. It will also upgrade the other leisure facilities with new changing rooms, a health suite, two dance studios, a spin studio and a meeting room.

The introduction of the six-lane pool will increase water recreation space in Ripon by 60%.

The project has been procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, which is part of the Scape National Construction framework. Work will be completed next year.

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Willmott Dixon will work in close collaboration with Pick Everard as architect and Gleeds as quantity surveyor and project manager.

UK Cabinet Member for Sport and Councillor Stanley Lumley said: “After what seems like many months of planning and discussion, the work to build the new pool is finally underway.

“This represents a significant investment and will provide the people of Ripon with state-of-the-art swimming facilities. Combined with the refurbishment of the leisure centre, we are transforming the sport and leisure offer in this part of the district.”

Outside, the leisure centre will feature new play areas with a sheltered cycle rack and redesigned car park. A bridge will also link the existing facility with the upcoming pool element.

Willmott Dixon managing director Anthony Dillon said: “The creation of top-quality facilities to encourage health and wellbeing is vital to helping our communities thrive and what we’ll deliver at Ripon will leave a lasting legacy for many years to come for people in the town and across the region.”