Jim McMahon and Willmott Dixon's Anthony Dillon, MD Northern, at Steel Signing ceremony at Oldham sports centre Published: Wednesday, 17th December 2014

Work is progressing well on Oldham town centre’s multi-million pound leisure facility.

Oldham Council and delivery partner Willmott Dixon have reached a key construction milestone at the new £15million flagship Oldham Sports Centre.

A ceremonial event was held on site as Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, and Willmott Dixon’s Managing Director (Northern), Anthony Dillon, signed the final steel beam that will be used in the building’s construction.

Oldham will be able to hold regional and televised competitions like never before with this enhanced facility and its opening – set for Winter 2015 – will put the town on the national sporting map.

The centre, which will be located at the junction of Middleton Road and St Domingo Street, will host:

· A 25-metre eight-lane swimming pool of county-level competition standard;

· A separate learner pool;

· Spectator seating gallery to the main pool;

· 150-competitor seats at pool side;

· Sauna and steam room;

· Wet changing village;

· Eight-court sports hall including flexible seating;

· 80-station fitness studio;

· Spinning studio;

· Two group exercise studios;

· Separate changing facilities for dry sports and fitness suite;

· Four-rink indoor bowls hall;

· Cafeteria;

· Improved landscaping and public realm works;

· 122-space car park.

The current Oldham Sports Centre, on Lord Street, will not close until the new facility is complete to ensure there is no break in service.

Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “Reaching this milestone on one of Oldham’s largest construction projects is an integral moment to celebrate – and I’m proud to see it is already taking shape.

“Residents are beginning to see a number of ambitious developments underway  around the town centre, plus economy boosting schemes like the Prince’s Gate development at Oldham Mumps being announced.

“This state-of-the-art, 21st century leisure facility is a vital part of the regeneration jigsaw and one of many for our residents and future generations to be excited and proud about.

“Willmott Dixon is a key employer in the borough and a well-respected construction firm who are making great strides with this project.”

Anthony Dillon added: “I am delighted with the progress of the leisure facility and the steel frame is now complete.

“We have no issues with the facility being completed on time and we will work closely with Oldham Council to deliver a fantastic facility, maximising the use of local businesses in the project and supporting their Get Oldham Working initiative.”

Get Oldham Working aims to create 2,015 work-related opportunities by 2015.

Earlier this year, Willmott Dixon signed up to the Get Oldham Working Construction Charter – which seeks to link physical regeneration projects to employment and training opportunities for local residents and supply chain opportunities for local businesses.

Developers and contractors who adopt the principles of the charter are undertaking a voluntary commitment to help us create work-related opportunities for the people of Oldham.

Any firms interested in supporting the Get Oldham Working Construction Charter, which supports the council’s co-operative agenda, can contact Louise Slater on 0161 770 1671 or email: louise.slater@oldham.gov.uk

Local businesses and organisations interested in providing traineeships, apprentices or jobs for local people can either express interest by visiting on-line at www.oldham.gov.uk/get_oldham_working  or send an email to employability@oldham.gov.uk or call 0161 770 4674.

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