Leisure firm wins contract to run new facilities in Sheffield

GRAVES LEISURE CENTRE    The Graves Leisure Centre at Norton.    20 May 2011
GRAVES LEISURE CENTRE The Graves Leisure Centre at Norton. 20 May 2011
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Plans for two multi-million pound leisure complexes in Sheffield are a step closer to becoming reality after council chiefs elected a ‘preferred bidder’ for the contract to operate the facilities.

Places for People Leisure has been named as the company preferred by Sheffield Council to run Graves Tennis & Leisure Centre in Norton and a new facility in High Green.

Both sites will have millions spent on them to build swimming pools, gyms and health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine.

The facilities represent the biggest investment in leisure facilities in Sheffield in the last 20 years.

Places for People Leisure operates more than 100 leisure centres across the country and has been UK Leisure Operator of the Year for the past two years.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, said: “Appointing an operator is an important step on the way to the opening of these two new leisure centres.

“The council looks forward to working with Places for People Leisure in delivering these state-of-the-art new facilities for Sheffield’s residents.”

The operating contract will be for 10 years.

Places for People Leisure will operate Graves, currently run by SIV - the operational arm of Sheffield City Trust - from April this year during the redevelopment phase.

It will then manage the new Graves facilities - on the same site - from the opening in early 2016. It will also manage the new High Green venue from its opening in early 2016.

Building work is set to begin in the next few weeks.