Building work complete at new Health and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract Park

Work is now complete on the building which will be the centre of the new Health and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract Park. 

Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Denise Jeffery, officially took handover of the Aspire@ThePark building yesterday, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

The final touches are being made to the outside grounds and the tennis and football pitches and the Council look forward to welcoming the site’s first customers as soon as lockdown restrictions allow.

The £22million project is a firm commitment from the Council to ensure that local residents are able to exercise in a variety of ways to improve their health and wellbeing. The site has some fantastic new concepts built in, including a bouldering wall with interactive games, a splash pad for small children and a state of the art spinning room.

These compliment a 10-lane swimming pool with assistive lifeguard technology, a 20m studio pool with moveable floor and a gym which benefits from fantastic views across the park. There really will be something for everyone and park users will also be able to take advantage of the café facility and wellbeing garden area.

Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to officially open Aspire@ThePark. While we’re all disappointed that our residents can’t yet use the facility due to lockdown restrictions, we hope to welcome our first customers as soon as the Government allow us.

“To complete the project to the highest standards, Willmott Dixon, our build partner, have had to cope with numerous site difficulties, including a flooding incident and managing a construction project through Covid restrictions. The site never closed and I’d like to thank Willmott Dixon and all their supply chain for the fantastic quality of the building they have delivered.

“It is a wonderful facility, offering great opportunities to enjoy fitness, leisure and relaxation to communities across our district. We can’t wait for people to see it and start enjoying it.”

Jacquie Speight smiling
Cllr Jacquie Speight

Cllr Jacquie Speight, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “I’m delighted with how the plans have come together and this will be an excellent addition to the district’s leisure offer, giving residents the purpose built, state of the art facilities they deserve. People will be able to access sport, recreation and wellbeing activities at the centre and the wider park so they can enjoy healthy lifestyles. This is so important for our residents and I know that this facility will be used and enjoyed for many generations to come.”

Footage of the brand new building will be available to view at https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/sport-health-and-leisure/leisure-centres-and-facilities/aspire-park in the coming days and on Facebook at Aspire Health Wakefield and Instagram @aspirewakefield