East Riding of Yorkshire Council's cabinet has agreed to award a contract for the redevelopment of East Riding Leisure Hornsea, and work on the site is expected to begin in the New Year. The leisure centre will close at 4.00pm on 30 December 2018, and it is planned that it will reopen for Easter, 2020.
The contract has been awarded to Hobson and Porter of Hull, whose recent projects have included the total refurbishment and extension of East Riding Leisure Haltemprice in Anlaby.
The contract is worth £7.5 million, and includes a complete refurbishment and extension of the leisure centre with new facilities including an extended Tone Zone with 60 stations on the first floor overlooking the promenade; a new extended café area; new changing rooms; two new squash courts; and a dedicated Spin and Exercise Studio. The pool area and changing rooms will be extensively refurbished.
The redevelopment will also see the town’s library, customer service centre and resource centre relocating to the new facility, and there is also provision to relocate the Children’s Centre there.
With its stunning two-storey extension and high-quality landscaping, the new centre for leisure and learning will provide a major new focal point for the central promenade. Part-funded from the £3.77m Coastal Communities Fund awarded to Hornsea, the project is part of a wider regeneration programme for the sea front. With a dedicated education room, beach-side access to the café and toilets and stunning sea views from the outdoor seating area, the development is designed to attract more visitors to Hornsea, as well as catering for residents.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “The redeveloped East Riding Leisure Hornsea represents the largest single investment this council has ever made in the town. I am very excited that work is now about to start on this transformational project.
“We arecommitted to providing the people of Hornsea and visitors to the resort with the best possible facilities and to ensure they have continued access to the services they value for many years to come.
“The creation of similar multi-service centres has proved to be successful in other parts of the East Riding, providing the public with improved services while reducing running costs for the council by having a number of services under one roof. It has also led to increased usage and substantially improved the offer to our residents.”
During the closure period, members of the leisure centre will be able to enjoy a 50% discount on their membership, which can be used at all other East Riding Leisure Centres , for the duration of the centre’s closure and the first three months after opening. A range of 25 exercise classes a week from Spinning to Chair Aerobics will also be available at other venues in the town.
Members and customers are also reminded that East Riding Leisure Withernsea, Beverley, Bridlington and Driffield will remain open throughout.
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