Harrogate Borough Council has unveiled investment plans for its leisure stock after forming a new community health and wellbeing company to run the facilities.
The programme of investment includes a new six lane 25m pool at Ripon Leisure Centre to replace the ageing Ripon Spa Baths as well as an extended gym, refurbishment of the existing leisure centre, two new activity studios, a spin studio and meeting facilities.
Fairfax Wellbeing and Community Hub will be reconfigured with a new studio and meeting space for exercise and community group activities, while a new leisure centre in Knaresborough will include a new pool and leisure facilities to replace the existing facility. The Hydro leisure centre in Harrogate will also be refurbished with an extended gym and group exercise facilities.
This investment programme will have a key focus on carbon management and energy efficiencies to contribute to the council's carbon reduction goals.
Mark Tweedie, who previously led leisure trusts Active Northumberland and Active Tameside, is managing director of the new company, Brimhams Active.
"The scale of the challenge set for us is more than matched by the scale of the opportunities we have in our grasp. Launching Brimhams Active with a new strategy and investment programme will allow us to transform a conventional leisure service into a leading community focussed health and wellbeing service.
“Our vision and strategy have some clear and achievable objectives. We will help Harrogate district residents of all ages, from all walks of life, live a healthy lifestyle and stay active for longer. We know we can't do this alone and nor should we. We will work with partner organisations and stakeholders to develop partnerships and facilities to provide a holistic approach to health and wellbeing."