Work to start on £7m Sheffield centre next year

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture
Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture
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Work on a new leisure centre for the north of Sheffield – the first built in the city for decades – could begin next year.

Plans for North Active at Thorncliffe Recreation Ground in High Green – to include a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, fitness suite, health consulting rooms and learner pool – have now been submitted to Sheffield Council’s planning department for approval.

Sheffield Council chiefs say work could begin as soon as February, and that, coupled with the planned revamp of Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre in Norton, it is ‘the city’s biggest investment in new leisure facilities for many years’.

However if the plans are approved and the complex is built, Chapeltown Baths will close. It is understood staff would transfer to the new centre.

The council is to invest about £2.5 million in the centre, with money also coming from the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine scheme, a legacy project from the London 2012 Olympics.

In total, £10m of legacy funding is being invested in a bid to make people in the city more active.

Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for culture, said: “This plan will provide a modern health and leisure complex in the north of our city, aimed at helping people to become more active.

“The investment will improve the quality of leisure facilities in the area, which will increase participation levels and therefore improve health.

“With plans being worked up for Graves and redevelopment work already started at Concord Sports Centre, Shiregreen, this is the city’s biggest investment in new leisure facilities for many years.”

Ecclesfield Parish Council will contribute to the project and Sport England may support it.

It is hoped the centre could open in February 2016.