Building a healthy future for the Spen Valley

Following approval in August 2018 to build a new £15 million leisure centre in the Spen Valley, we're now excited to share the plans.

Over the past few months, Kirklees Council and our partner Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL), have been working with a variety of user groups and community groups who have shared their thoughts, and have helped shape the plans of the leisure centre.

The existing centre has served the community well since it was initially opened as a swimming pool in 1969, and having been extended over the years with a separate building which provided a fitness suite and fitness studio.

As trends and the demands of modern living have changed, we have recognised the importance of a modern leisure centre in the area, which will support healthier lifestyles of our residents leading to improved health and wellbeing.

Video tour

This video offers a tour of what the Spen Valley Leisure Centre will look like when completed.

Timeline

Please note timelines are subject to change, these are for guidance purposes only.

Timeline of events
Timeline for the Spen Valley Leisure Centre
Date Event
Saturday 31 August 2019 Pool closes
September 2019 - February 2020 Demolition
Late Spring 2020 New build commences
Late 2021 - early 2022 New centre opens

Throughout the building phase the existing athletics track will remain open for public use. For further information about opening times please contact:

  • KAL

  • Supporting information

    About the centre

    Spen Valley Leisure Centre has been designed to be a modern, fit for purpose, flexible activity hub. Kirklees Council is committing £14,250,000 and KAL is contributing £750,000.

    The mix of activity spaces has been developed to ensure the centre is accessible for all members of our community who wish to use the centre.

    Kirklees Council and KAL have considered current activity usage and customer demand. We have also thought about the likely activity needs of future customers and how we will be able to adapt the facilities as tastes change.

    The new facility will remain a part of the wider Spenborough facility which will continue to include the separate pavilion and athletics track.

    Floor plans
    Facilities

    The new Spen Valley Leisure Centre will include the following facilities:

    • 8 lane, 25 metre main pool
    • Activity pool 20m x 10m pool with moveable floor
    • Spectator seating in the pool areas
    • Large fitness suite
    • 2 fitness studios with flexibility for other use
    • 1 studio cycling studio
    • Two changing villages which will include family cubicles, baby change, large team changing areas. Plus, various size accessible changing areas

    The architects have designed an innovative and modern centre, which is energy efficient and will accessible to the whole community.

    Accessibility

    The new Spen Valley Leisure Centre will be designed to meet the needs of the whole community.

    The centre will house a designated 'Changing Places' facility (a purpose built changing space which allows people with profound and complex needs to change or use the toilets safely and comfortably), as well as ensuring that the centre is respectful of the cultural needs of our customers. KAL are also a Dementia Friendly organisation and are committed to ensuring that their facilities are welcoming to all members of our community.

    There will be a lift from the reception area to the first floor where the studios and gyms will be located, so that the whole centre is fully accessible.

    Sustainability

    Although the current plans do not have any renewable energy sources, the facility will be designed and built with suitable fabrics to be highly energy efficient.

    Alongside this, the building will be heated by a CHP unit (Combined Heat and Power). This is a renewable technology which converts heat into power. This will reduce the centre's electricity consumption from the grid. The facility will have the capacity to add on some renewable energy sources should they become a viable proposition in the future.

    Flexibility

    The space available means that the centre footprint cannot be extended in the future, however the layout of the first floor is such that the spaces are large and can be adapted to meet future needs relatively easily should trends and demands change.

    Spectators

    Spectator seating will be available on the new site, however it will be reduced to approximately 90 seats.

    Skate park

    The skate park will unfortunately be lost as part of this development; however, alternative skate park facilities are available within Kirklees at Wilton Park in Batley and Knowl Park in Mirfield

    Additionally, skate park facilities can be found at Welhome Park in Brighouse and in Morley.

    Parking

    As part of the new development, we will be creating a new car park for customers. The exact number of spaces is still being determined as we consider the need for parking to meet a range of customer needs.

    The car park will be free and will include disabled parking bays, electric car recharge bays and cycle storage.

    Visitors requiring access to disabled parking for the duration of the build should use the athletics track car park. This features new disabled parking provision and is positioned very close to the fitness centre building now with improved lighting. The decision to move these parking spaces was made on health and safety grounds.

    Closure of Spenborough Fitness Complex

    Updated on Wednesday 18 August 2020

    Due to COVID-19, it is still not possible to open some of the smaller fitness facilities in Kirklees, including Spenborough Fitness Complex that sits next to the site of the new leisure centre. The multi-level design and access routes within this building, coupled with the current social distancing and additional hygiene requirements, make it impossible for the facility to open safely for the foreseeable future.

    The existing fitness complex was due to be removed once the new leisure centre opened. Due to the current circumstances, Kirklees Council and Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) have decided that removal of the existing Spenborough fitness complex building will be brought forward and that this facility will now not reopen. This will speed up completion of the new carpark and other external facilities in time for the leisure centre opening and improve the experience of all customers from day one.

    If you have a question about your KAL membership and the closure of the Spenborough Fitness Complex please email Contact.Centre@Kal.org.uk.

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    KAL customers

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