Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader (far right), meets (from left to right) Andrew Robinson (Lewis Facilities), Phil Crowther (BJ Crowther) and Mike Lane (Willmott Dixon) at the site of the new Royton Sports Centre. Published: Wednesday, 11th February 2015

Local businesses are benefiting from the building of the new Royton leisure centre.

Local businesses are benefiting from the building of the new Royton leisure centre.

Willmott Dixon, Oldham Council’s delivery partner, has awarded contracts to local businesses for major elements of the prestigious £8million sports facility – set to be complete in Autumn 2015.

Today (Wednesday, February 5), Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, met Andy Robinson, of Lewis Facilities at the site. This Chadderton-based firm recently won a £1.3 million contract to carry out the development’s mechanical and electrical engineering works.

Councillor McMahon also met Phil Crowther, co-owner of BJ Crowther Ltd, a bulk and groundwork contractors firm from Oldham, who is carrying out the groundwork and excavation on the site.

Last year Willmott Dixon, who are also building the new Oldham Sports Centre, signed up to the council’s Get Oldham Working Construction Charter which aims to link regeneration projects to employment and training opportunities for local people, as well as ensuring local businesses are involved in supply chain opportunities.

Developers and contractors who adopt the charter’s principles are undertaking a voluntary commitment to help the local authority produce work-related opportunities for the people of Oldham.

Willmott Dixon is currently on target to deliver more than 50 per cent of the total cost of the construction project spent within the borough.

Royton’s new leisure facility – to be located on Byron Street, opposite the existing centre – has recently seen its steel framework complete.

The centre will boast:

· Six-lane 25-metre swimming pool with spectator seating

· 80-station fitness gym

· Two exercise/dance studios

· New 60-space car park

· New separate learner pool.

The construction for the main pool and learner pool is now underway and the walls and roof will soon be built.

Councillor McMahon said: “I am very happy to see the progress at Royton Sports Centre and meet the people working hard to produce a fantastic facility that the community can be proud of.

“We were delighted when Willmott Dixon signed up to our Construction Charter, which supports our Get Oldham Working campaign, as it ensures local residents and businesses benefit from investment in the borough.

“We have high quality businesses on our doorstep and it is only right that we make a commitment so our local firms can benefit from the regeneration projects taking place throughout the borough.”

Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon’s Northern Managing Director, said: “As a local business we are delighted to be working with Oldham Council to deliver what will be a fresh and modern facility that will significantly contribute towards the ongoing regeneration of Royton.

“We always try, where possible, to work with local firms to ensure the local economy benefits in terms of local labour, subcontractors and suppliers.”

Andrew Robinson, Director of Lewis Facilities, based on Broadway Business Park, Oldham, said: “We have been involved in several projects with Willmott Dixon and over a number of years we have built a strong working relationship with them.

“This has given us the opportunity to be involved in the Royton leisure centre but more importantly provide a solid base for the development of our apprentice scheme which we are proud of.

“The Construction Charter benefits everyone involved in the project – the council, local businesses and residents.”

Phil Crowther, co-owner of BJ Crowther, based on Windsor Street, Oldham, said: “It is great to see a commitment to local businesses being used for big local developments, like the Royton leisure centre.

“Our involvement in this project has enabled to us to employ local people which is great for the area.”

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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