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Leisure centre work on track

Published on Tuesday, 10th October 2017

HLC development work

Work on the £2.5m re-vamp of Northallerton’s leisure centre is on track.

Construction work on the Hambleton District Council run facility started in June - it includes a gym extension, toning studio and two studios for group exercise and spinning classes, and new, improved changing rooms. The authority is working with development partner, Alliance Leisure Services Ltd, on the large scale redevelopment scheme

Refurbishment of the sports hall and its changing rooms is complete - they are both re-open for business. And work on the pool and its changing village is underway.

Customers who wish to continue swimming during the closure have been encouraged to use the swimming pools at Bedale, Stokesley or Thirsk. More information is also available on

Council Portfolio holder, Councillor Bridget Fortune, who is pictured checking out the work with ISG site manager, Ashley Hargreaves, said: “Work is going forward at a pace now – we can see the new building taking shape which is very exciting. Throughout the work our customers are able to swim in one of our other pools - which has been working successfully.

“Once completed it will mean we can offer an improved programme of activities to help promote the health and well-being of people of all ages and levels of fitness.”

Andy McLinden, managing director of ISG’s UK Construction North and Scotland business, added: “Delivering new and improved community facilities always proves a great motivation for our project teams, because it’s all about leaving a positive legacy for future generations. This is a great scheme for Northallerton and we are confident that, once completed, the new leisure centre will prove a real focal point for the local community.”

And James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure Services, said: "Smart investment in the right facilities to suit the needs of the local community is key to delivering modern leisure centres that are fit for purpose and meet customer demand. We are delighted to be partnering with Hambleton District Council on this transformational project."

  • The lion’s share of the project is being borne by Hambleton District Council itself – councillors are investing £2.3 million to extend and refurbish the health and fitness facilities. The remaining £213,000 comes from National Lottery funding through Sport England – which is specifically targeted at improving the swim change facilities.