The steel frame for the new leisure and wellness centre on King James Road in Knaresborough is starting to take shape.
The new facility is due to open at the end of next summer and will provide a six-lane 25metre pool, activity pool with flume, sauna and steam room, fitness suite and studio, spin studio, café, electric car charging points and bicycle storage.
Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, and chair of the board of directors at Brimhams Active, said: “This new facility for Knaresborough will be a fantastic asset for the town and shows our commitment to investing in leisure provision across the district.
“Our vision at Brimhams Active is to create a healthier, more active population that is living longer, more independent and happier lives. And by supporting this vision through this level of investment, we’ll be able to achieve this.”
The leisure and wellness centre is being built to the BREEAM standard of ‘Excellent’ which provides third-party certification of the assessment of the sustainability and energy performance for buildings.
It will incorporate high efficiency building materials, air source heat pumps and solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint. Achieving this BREEAM accreditation will contribute to the council’s vision to have a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.
Councillor Phil Ireland, cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability and borough councillor for the Knaresborough Aspin and Calcutt ward, said: “This new leisure and wellness centre is a brilliant addition for the town of Knaresborough and I’m delighted that the borough council has committed to investing in leisure facilities.
“What is also so important is the fact it will be built to BREEAM standard of ‘Excellent’, ensuring that is as energy-efficient as possible to help us achieve our net-zero emissions target.”
Once open, the existing pool will close and be demolished, to be replaced by the new play area. This is due to take a further 15-weeks.