Pellikaan Construction Ltd has been appointed as Wokingham Borough Council’s contractor to build the new £14million Bulmershe Leisure Centre on the site of the old one, which was demolished during the summer.
Pellikaan was chosen following a public tender process. The company has designed and built more than 900 sports and leisure centres for local authorities, as well as private clients, in the UK, Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
Planning permission for the new centre was granted in July, and with the borough council’s contractor now in place, construction is due to start in the next few months on the Woodlands Avenue site in Woodley.
The new centre will include a six-lane 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool with a movable floor to enable a larger number of groups of ages and abilities to use it, a bigger gym plus a ‘live well’ (long term condition) gym, a four-court sports hall, and an additional studio and a café. It will benefit the whole community by providing up-to-date, accessible and flexible facilities, as well as preventative health services.
While the new centre is being built, former Bulmershe users can use facilities at the St Crispin’s, Loddon Valley and Carnival Pool, Ryeish Green and Arborfield leisure centres.
The aim is for the new centre to open during summer 2020. It will be run by the borough council’s new partner Places Leisure.
“This is always the most exciting part of a project like this, when you begin to see the new building start to take shape on the ground,” said Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries.
“This new centre won’t just be a hub for sports – a place to improve or maintain your health. It will be a community focus for people in Woodley of all ages and sporting abilities to enjoy, and socialise, as well as somewhere to go for help to avoid health issues becoming a problem in the first place.”
Since its start 70 years ago, Pellikaan has successfully delivered projects including community leisure centres, health clubs, swimming pools and racquet centres, as well as hundreds of schools, hotels, nurseries, offices, apartments, and other industrial buildings.
Gert-Jan Peeters, director at Pellikaan, said: “We look forward to working with Wokingham Borough Council to provide the new leisure centre for the community.”