Press Release: Work begins on new £8.4m health and wellbeing centre in Pewsey.
Work to create a health and wellbeing centre for the Pewsey area is now underway.
Rydon Construction has been awarded the contract to carry out the work to transform the former leisure centre into a new community hub which will provide a range of leisure and community facilities.
The Vale Health and Wellbeing Centre, which is due to open in summer 2018, will house a brand new four lane 25 metre swimming pool as well as fitness suite, café, community space and other leisure facilities.
An indoor skate park where people can skateboard, scoot and BMX, and which complements the existing multi-use games area, will also be provided.
The library, which is a short distance from the new centre, also provides community meeting space and a changing places facility for those with highly complex need.
John Thomson, cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing centres, said: Over the coming month, people will see work progressing to transform this site into a new community hub which will provide a range of facilities for all ages and be a focal point for the area.
“The local community has been key in making this new centre a reality and I’m very grateful for their involvement in the design to ensure that when the centre opens for business next year, it will reflect the needs of the local community. I am confident that this major investment will deliver a centre that will be extremely well used by local residents and will encourage more people to get active and get involved in community events, clubs and activities. We have seen a huge increase in usage and participation in other new health and wellbeing centres in Corsham, Tisbury and Salisbury.”
Paul Barber, South West Regional Director, Rydon Construction, comments: “Having successfully delivered two health and wellbeing centres for Wiltshire, we’re delighted to be working on this innovative facility for Pewsey that will bring our expertise in the sector to help shape and improve people’s lives in their local community. We look forward to working with our local supplier and trade partners and will make every effort to be a considerate neighbour throughout the duration of work.”
While the work is ongoing, former leisure centre users can access the fitness suite and exercise classes at SSI House, Fordbrook Business Centre.
Customers can also use the facilities at other leisure centres with details available at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure
The contract award to Rydon was targeted for mid April, however due to a number of clarifications, amendments and negotiation between the respective legal teams which has now been resolved, the contract is due to be issued week commencing 8th May
Rydon will be mobilising on site as follows:.
- Asbestos removal commences May
- Asbestos removal complete May
- Delivery of welfare units May
- Construction site activity commences June
Practical completion of the centre is estimated as July/August 2018.
Customers and the local community are invited to come and join us to say farewell to the old pool and join us for one last swim on Sunday 19 February.
Badminton, squash and soft play will also be available from 9am, the day will conclude with a free swimming session from 1 – 3pm.
If you require any additional information, please contact reception 01672 562469
To enable work on the Health and Wellbeing Centre to commence, the sports centre is due to close on Sunday 20 February for the duration of the build programme. During this period, interim fitness provision is being provided at the Vale Fitness Suite (Fordbrook), with effect from Wednesday 22nd February.
There will be access to a fully equipped fitness suite and a modified group exercise class programme. However there will be no other sports or changing facilities in our temporary accommodation at Fordbrook.
Customers will be welcome to use facilities at our other local leisure centres. Details are available at www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure
The Vale Fitness Suite.
SSI House, Fordbrook Business Centre, Marlborough Road, SN9 5NU
Opening hours as normal. Please see website for modified group exercise programme from 22 February.
Phone: 01672 562469
In February 2017, price increases for casual activities, swim school and leisure cards will be brought into effect at all Wiltshire Council leisure centres.
Due to the relocation of Pewsey Sports Centre, and whilst work takes place on the new Health and Wellbeing Centre, this price increase will not take place at Pewsey until the temporary facility at Fordbrook is opened on Wednesday 22 February.
All direct debit customers will receive a 15% reduction in monthly cost, whether you use Fordbrook, or another Wiltshire Council leisure facility.
Current Pewsey Leisurecard holders, who wish to swim, book courts or play squash at another Wiltshire Council facility will also get a 15% discounted price for casual usage.
This discount will be removed once the new Health and Wellbeing Centre is open.
For further information on The Vale Health and Wellbeing Centre contact Ros Griffiths – Pewsey Community Engagement Manager Ros.Griffiths@wiltshire.gov.uk 01225 718372
Planning permission has been granted and the tender documents are being prepared. 9 submissions have been received for the PQQ (Pre-Qualification Questionnaire).
Evaluation of the submissions is now underway and 6 companies will be shortlisted to go forward to the Invitation To Tender stage on the 2nd November.
Pre-contract preparation will begin on site mid-February 2017, after the Spring half term.
The Contractor will be appointed March 2017 and on-site April 2017.
The Build Programme will run through untill Summer 2018.
The leisure service is aiming to re-provide the fitness suite and group classes in the local area for the duration of the build, further details on this will be communicated in the coming months along with information on the consultation to design and develop the wheeled sports area.
Press Release issued 14 September 2016
Major step forward as The Vale Health and Wellbeing Centre gains planning green light
Plans for a new health and wellbeing centre for the Pewsey area which will provide a range of leisure and community facilities are well underway following the recent granting of planning permission.
The Vale Health and Wellbeing Centre will provide a brand new four lane 25 metre swimming pool as well as fitness suite, café, community space and a range of other leisure facilities.
The facilities also include space for an indoor skate park where people can skateboard, scoot and BMX and complement the existing multi-use games area which is already available for bookings.
The library, which is located a short distance from the new centre, also provides community meeting space and a changing places facility for those with highly complex needs.
The design for the new state of the art centre has undergone a number of changes to ensure that it reflects the facilities needed in Pewsey and is within the budget allocated. These changes have resulted in a review of the original timescale and work on the new centre will start next February. The new centre is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.
John Thomson, cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing centres, said: “Local engagement has been key in helping with the plans for this new centre, which will provide a wide range of excellent community facilities. I’m delighted that these plans are now approved and that the programme to deliver the new centre can now start.
“The changes to the design have resulted in a review of the original timescale which mean the current centre will now remain open until work starts early next year. In the meantime, we will be working with the centre’s customers to ensure the continued use of the existing facilities until the centre closes and to provide regular updates to keep everyone informed of progress.”
The following chairman’s announcement was made at the 12 September Area Board meeting:
The new Vale Health and Wellbeing Centre moves a step closer
Plans to deliver a brand new health and wellbeing centre in Pewsey are well underway following the granting of planning permission for the revised scheme, last week.
The new centre will include a large fitness suite, a new four lane 25 metre pool, a multi-purpose room available for community bookings and group exercise classes and a meeting room space for community groups and local events. These facilities complement the existing multi-use games area and the development also incorporates space for an indoor skate park.
The design for the new state of the art centre has undergone a number of changes to ensure that it reflects the facilities needed in Pewsey and is within the budget allocated. These changes, along with the process to procure a contractor, has resulted in some slippage on the indicative timescale presented at the area board meeting in March.
I can confirm that work will start on the new centre in February next year and the new centre is planned to open in summer 2018.
We understand that some customers and users have already made alternative arrangements based on the indicative timeline that would have seen the centre close this autumn/winter. The campus delivery team has apologised for the revision to the timescales and for any concern or inconvenience that this has caused.
A total budget of £8.4 million has been allocated to deliver this new facility and we will provide regular updates on how the build on site is progressing.
The planning application has now been registered.
View the full planning application
Application No: 16/05918/FUL
The Planning application has been submitted. Further information is available in the press release from Monday 20 June
Update provided at 9 May Area Board meeting:
- Planning is now due to be submitted mid-May due to a change in contractor for the power and heating solutions.
- The construction and completion dates remain unchanged. Design is on target to commence construction – Autumn 2016 and to open the facility Spring 2018.
- Discussions are taking place with the school to look at any potential joint opportunities that will benefit the community.
- Once planning is submitted Wiltshire Council will be discussing the interim leisure offer and developing plans to communicate this with users and the community leading up to the build period.
- The wheeled sports scoping group will also start the consultation with young people over the design and fit out of the wheeled sports area and choose a preferred provider.
- Over the coming months the design team will also be carrying out the detail design review with the support of Marilyn Hunt and Curly Haskell (Pewsey Parish Council) our community representatives, prior to going out to tender in the summer.
If you are interested in joining the wheeled sports scoping group….please get in touch. A meeting will take place in June to discuss options for the design and the consultation event.
Thank you to those who have completed comment cards. A FAQ section will be included on this page shortly along with a timeline for Planning.
The Vale health and wellbeing centre presentation slides from the March Area Board meeting are available here
The plans for The Vale health and wellbeing centre are now on display at Pewsey Library and Leisure Centre. Take a look. Tell us what you think!
The plans will be presented to Pewsey Area Board 7 March 7pm at Bouverie Hall.
Check out the new logo ……
Coming soon…..designs for The Vale Health and Wellbeing Centre (formerly campus)