Nineteen months after Woodford Leisure Centre closed its doors, the extension, including new 25m swimming pool and learner pool, is almost complete and contractors Hobson & Porter are preparing to pack up and move out.
The multi-million pound refurbishment and extension includes new sauna and steam facilities, much improved changing facilities, a café located at the new entrance and enhanced parking facilities. The installation of new environmental technologies including a thermal glazing system roof will also look to reduce longer term operating costs. The facility will also include a revamped gym and immersive studio.
Since its closure in September 2016, local contractor Hobson & Porter has undertaken multi-disciplinary works to refurbish the existing leisure centre building (including replacing the roof), create a new front elevation to the building and an extension to house a new reception area, a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool and a 10-metre beginners’ pool.
An early challenge was presented by the poor, clay-like ground conditions. This was overcome by inserting 13m-long sheet piling on a temporary basis. The team was able to then begin drainage and foundation works, alongside construction of the pool shells.
Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council said:
“It’s fantastic to see the majority of the building work complete at Woodford and I am delighted with the results that I’m sure will prove incredibly popular with residents.
“The investment into Woodford will secure its long-term future as a top swimming and leisure facility and put it up amongst some of the best in the region, providing a top-class offer to the people of Hull.”
David Blades, Business Development Director for Hobson & Porter, said:
“Woodford is an iconic building in Hull that has been enjoyed by local residents for many years, so we are very proud to be working on its regeneration. When it reopens the centre will provide modern, first-class facilities to the area for families and people of all ages to enjoy.
“As a Hull-based business we are always keen to be involved in projects which support the development and growth of our city and its economy and this scheme is a great example of this. We’re looking forward to showing the public the type work that goes into a refurbishment of this size and we hope they will find it informative and insightful.”
Once Hobson & Porter move off site, Hull Culture and Leisure staff will arrive back to embark upon training in the new systems and technology, ready for opening to the public in May.