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press release: Alliance Leisure

Sustainable Leisure And Wellness Centre opens in North Yorkshire

13 Dec 2023
The new Leisure and Wellness Centre delivers a range of wet and dry facilities / Alliance Leisure / North Yorkshire Council
North Yorkshire Council has delivered an early Christmas present to the residents in Knaresborough in the form of a new £17.5 million energy efficient leisure and wellness centre.

The new build centre, developed by Alliance Leisure through the UK Leisure Framework, was originally commissioned by Harrogate Borough Council and is now part of a wider £47.9 million leisure transformation project by the newly Combined North Yorkshire Council. Investment has also delivered an extensive refurbishment of The Harrogate Hydro – rebranded the Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre, which creates a network of modern, sustainable leisure and wellness hubs designed to serve the community for many years to come.

In Knaresborough, the new Leisure and Wellness Centre delivers a range of wet and dry facilities for all ages to enjoy. In addition to a six-lane 25-metre pool, complete with pool pod, a leisure pool with flume and a 60-station fitness suite, there is also a sauna and steam room, a group fitness studio, an immersive group cycling studio and a café. Outside, a children’s play area constructed from natural materials will open in the new year and has been designed to blend in with the surroundings. Electric car charge points and bicycle storage have also been added to encourage sustainable travel.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, Cllr Simon Myers, said: “By moving the service offer from being a conventional swimming pool to a community health and wellbeing service we aim to help people move more, live well, feel great and reduce the proportion of the population that is physically inactive.”

In addition to delivering on facilities and community needs, the new Leisure and Wellness Centre also delivers on energy efficiency. Old school gas boilers have been swapped out for efficient air source heat pumps whilst roof mounted solar panels provide an ongoing source of renewable energy. LED lighting throughout is complimented by a modern building management system and state-of-the-art electrical infrastructure, all contributing to an anticipated 60 per cent reduction in carbon output compared fossil fuelled alternatives.

James Foley, Commercial Director, Alliance Leisure says: “In Knaresborough, the new build facility is also achieving BREEAM Excellent status, a recognised third-party certification for sustainability performance. Achieving the ‘excellent’ standard of efficiency places the development amongst the top performing leisure facilities in the UK when it comes to energy efficiency. This is good news for the council’s net zero targets, good news for residents and ultimately, good news for the planet.”

The Centre in Knaresborough is also delivering significant social value. Foley adds: “More than 60 per cent of project works has been delivered via the local supply chain whilst targeted training opportunities have created several apprenticeship opportunities. This development is truly a project delivered by the community for the community and it’s been an absolute privilege to be involved.”

The Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre, along with the Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre and the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre are all managed by Brimhams Active, a community health and wellbeing company, wholly owned by North Yorkshire Council.

Speaking of the centre’s opening, Mark Tweedie, Managing Director, says: “At Brimhams Active we have a simple vision: to ensure everyone in our community can lead an active, healthy and happy life. The creation of this new Leisure and Wellness Centre provides a modern, safe space where all walks of life, at every stage of life’s journey, can come together and enjoy a range of activities from swimming and fitness to dining and relaxing. The investment really does deliver something for everyone. I’m now looking forward to working with my team to bring these facilities to life.”

‘Meeting communities where they are’ has been a mantra of the project. Working alongside Brimham’s, the Alliance TA6 team have been supporting project success with the delivery of strategic marketing, delivering branding personas that truly reflect the philosophy of ‘helping people move more, live well, and feel great across the Harrogate district’.

Speaking about the project delivery, Sean Nolan, at Alliance Leisure says: “It has been a real pleasure working with the team to support the ambitions of the Council. We set out to meet these ambitions head on and truly working in partnership with our colleagues in North Yorkshire, have delivered regeneration that will secure the health and wellbeing of the communities of Harrogate and Knaresborough for decades to come”.

All works at Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre has been delivered by leading leisure development specialist Alliance Leisure, working alongside construction partner, ISG and GT3 Architects. Works have been delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, owned by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL).
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Tel: +44 (0)1458 877558
Address: 2340/2440 The Quadrant, Aztec West, Bristol, BS324AQ, United Kingdom
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press release: Alliance Leisure

Sustainable Leisure And Wellness Centre opens in North Yorkshire

13 Dec 2023
The new Leisure and Wellness Centre delivers a range of wet and dry facilities / Alliance Leisure / North Yorkshire Council
North Yorkshire Council has delivered an early Christmas present to the residents in Knaresborough in the form of a new £17.5 million energy efficient leisure and wellness centre.

The new build centre, developed by Alliance Leisure through the UK Leisure Framework, was originally commissioned by Harrogate Borough Council and is now part of a wider £47.9 million leisure transformation project by the newly Combined North Yorkshire Council. Investment has also delivered an extensive refurbishment of The Harrogate Hydro – rebranded the Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre, which creates a network of modern, sustainable leisure and wellness hubs designed to serve the community for many years to come.

In Knaresborough, the new Leisure and Wellness Centre delivers a range of wet and dry facilities for all ages to enjoy. In addition to a six-lane 25-metre pool, complete with pool pod, a leisure pool with flume and a 60-station fitness suite, there is also a sauna and steam room, a group fitness studio, an immersive group cycling studio and a café. Outside, a children’s play area constructed from natural materials will open in the new year and has been designed to blend in with the surroundings. Electric car charge points and bicycle storage have also been added to encourage sustainable travel.

North Yorkshire Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, Cllr Simon Myers, said: “By moving the service offer from being a conventional swimming pool to a community health and wellbeing service we aim to help people move more, live well, feel great and reduce the proportion of the population that is physically inactive.”

In addition to delivering on facilities and community needs, the new Leisure and Wellness Centre also delivers on energy efficiency. Old school gas boilers have been swapped out for efficient air source heat pumps whilst roof mounted solar panels provide an ongoing source of renewable energy. LED lighting throughout is complimented by a modern building management system and state-of-the-art electrical infrastructure, all contributing to an anticipated 60 per cent reduction in carbon output compared fossil fuelled alternatives.

James Foley, Commercial Director, Alliance Leisure says: “In Knaresborough, the new build facility is also achieving BREEAM Excellent status, a recognised third-party certification for sustainability performance. Achieving the ‘excellent’ standard of efficiency places the development amongst the top performing leisure facilities in the UK when it comes to energy efficiency. This is good news for the council’s net zero targets, good news for residents and ultimately, good news for the planet.”

The Centre in Knaresborough is also delivering significant social value. Foley adds: “More than 60 per cent of project works has been delivered via the local supply chain whilst targeted training opportunities have created several apprenticeship opportunities. This development is truly a project delivered by the community for the community and it’s been an absolute privilege to be involved.”

The Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre, along with the Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre and the Jack Laugher Leisure and Wellness Centre are all managed by Brimhams Active, a community health and wellbeing company, wholly owned by North Yorkshire Council.

Speaking of the centre’s opening, Mark Tweedie, Managing Director, says: “At Brimhams Active we have a simple vision: to ensure everyone in our community can lead an active, healthy and happy life. The creation of this new Leisure and Wellness Centre provides a modern, safe space where all walks of life, at every stage of life’s journey, can come together and enjoy a range of activities from swimming and fitness to dining and relaxing. The investment really does deliver something for everyone. I’m now looking forward to working with my team to bring these facilities to life.”

‘Meeting communities where they are’ has been a mantra of the project. Working alongside Brimham’s, the Alliance TA6 team have been supporting project success with the delivery of strategic marketing, delivering branding personas that truly reflect the philosophy of ‘helping people move more, live well, and feel great across the Harrogate district’.

Speaking about the project delivery, Sean Nolan, at Alliance Leisure says: “It has been a real pleasure working with the team to support the ambitions of the Council. We set out to meet these ambitions head on and truly working in partnership with our colleagues in North Yorkshire, have delivered regeneration that will secure the health and wellbeing of the communities of Harrogate and Knaresborough for decades to come”.

All works at Knaresborough Leisure and Wellness Centre has been delivered by leading leisure development specialist Alliance Leisure, working alongside construction partner, ISG and GT3 Architects. Works have been delivered through the UK Leisure Framework, owned by Denbighshire Leisure Ltd (DLL).
More press releases and updates from Alliance Leisure:
On Wednesday, March 13, 2024, Councillors and Officers from Hyndburn Borough Council met with Alliance Leisure and members of the ISG construction team to celebrate the start of works on the new, state-of-the -art, leisure and sports complex on Wilson Playing Fields in Clayton-le- Moors.
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Construction work has begun on a £13m community sports hub in Barking, East London.
Denbighshire Leisure has recently launched its third generation dedicated Leisure Framework naming Alliance Leisure as its continuing lead development contractor.
To kick off the new year, Alliance Leisure has announced the appointment of industry heavy- weight, Jonny Curley, to drive leisure development across Scotland.
Alliance Leisure: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
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HCM People: Jamie Groves
Denbighshire Leisure’s turnover has increased by 25 per cent since 2021, so the developments have paid for themselves and more
Health is a national asset that drives prosperity at an individual and collective level. Alliance Leisure CEO, Sarah Watts, explains how the organisation is supporting communities through the reimagining of public sector leisure
Show preview: Elevate 2023
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Alliance Leisure
Tel: +44 (0)1458 877558
Address: 2340/2440 The Quadrant, Aztec West, Bristol, BS324AQ, United Kingdom
Sarah Watts, ceo
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Sarah Watts, ceo
Paul Cluett, managing director
James Foley, commercial director
Tom Fairey, development director
Paul Woodford, strategic engagement director
John Leaver, marketing & frameworks director
Julia Goddard, senior business development manager
Jonny Curley, senior business development manager
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Our company goal as we emerge from the pandemic is to stand side-by-side with partners and not just help the sector recover but truly thrive. We are constantly innovating and are currently exploring new activities, alongside best in class health, leisure and wellbeing solutions. We are committed to continuing to measure the social value created across our developments and use the National Themes Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) Framework.
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"Over the coming years, Denbighshire Leisure will continue to work with Alliance Leisure, breaking down investment barriers to ensure communities across the UK have access to the facilities they need to live more active, health and prosperous lives."
– Jamie Groves, managing director at Denbighshire Leisure
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