Key partners have come together to mark another milestone of the new Bingham Arena and Enterprise Centre development on Chapel Lane in the town.
Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr Simon Robinson laid the latest part of the carbon efficient buildings on the £16m project on Friday (December 10), courtesy of part funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.
He met partners from builders Willmott Dixon, project managers Henry Riley, Bingham Town Council, Bingham Business Club and Parkwood Leisure to view the latest on the project which will open late summer next year.
The leisure centre part of the site is now ready for a carbon efficient plant to be installed early next year that will power the new leisure centre’s 25 metre six lane swimming pool with spectator seating and teaching pool.
There will also be a fitness centre, spin and exercise studios, café and a community hall with capacity for 300 complete with stage and fully equipped kitchen.
The adjacent Bingham Enterprise Centre will provide twelve self-contained office lets for small and growing businesses over two floors that could create up to 90 jobs.
All will produce far lower levels of carbon. This includes 78% carbon emission reduction compared to other leisure centres in the Borough and 82% lower carbon for similar office developments. Efficient building materials, air source heat pumps, combined heat and power technology, water efficiency measures, LED lighting and photovoltaic panels on the office roof will also feature.
Cllr Robinson said: “It’s heartening to see a major project taking shape and on schedule for a wonderful new focal point for Bingham with leisure and office facilities the town can be proud of that have environmental priorities at heart.
“I am delighted all our partners have been so keen to join us in delivering a greener and more efficient development in line with our Carbon Clever values that will benefit Bingham and many other local communities so directly.
“It’s all about investing in new infrastructure in the right way and Bingham Arena and Enterprise Centre is a prime example of this with a strong focus on how it can be sustainable.”
The site will offer community, office and leisure development consistent with the Bingham Growth Board’s aspirations to develop the site as part of a key gateway between the current town centre and the growth of its housing developments to the north.
Keen to ensure building in Bingham supports the local area, partners Willmott Dixon have been using local supply chains and local employment wherever possible with 74% of those employed on the site living within 20 miles and nearly 50% of the project’s spend being on local supply chains.
Nick Heath, director of delivery at Willmott Dixon, said: “We’re delighted to have reached this significant milestone as it marks an exciting moment in the project’s timeline.
“Utilising state-of-the-art technology, we’re really pleased to be delivering a truly sustainable facility that employs our Energy Synergy™ service to reduce the performance gap between predicted and actual energy use – ensuring the building continues to be adaptable and eco-friendly once in use.
“By working closely with the project team and Rushcliffe Borough Council, we’ve been able to make excellent progress to reach the topping out stage. We’ve drawn upon our wealth of combined knowledge of the leisure sector and sustainability to deliver the scheme, and we’re very pleased with how the project is advancing.”
The project is being managed on behalf of the Council by Henry Riley LLP, co-ordinating the design team, YMD Boon architects, ESP mechanical and electrical engineers and BSP civil and structural engineers.
Chris Donachie, partner at Henry Riley said: “This has been a fantastic project to be involved with and a scheme we are very proud to deliver for the community of Bingham.
“The project success has been driven by constant collaboration between the Council, Design Team of YMD Boon, BSP and ESP stakeholders and now Wilmott Dixon as the delivery contractor.
“We at Henry Riley look forward to seeing the project completed and fully operational for the community and the wider Rushcliffe areas.”
The £12.9m Leisure Centre and Community Hall will be managed by the Council’s existing leisure provider, Parkwood Leisure and subcontracted to Lex Leisure who have managed the Council leisure centres since 2007.
Alex Godfrey, Operations Director for Parkwood Leisure said: “Each of the council’s leisure centres in Rushcliffe offer something unique.
“Rushcliffe Arena has a 150-station fitness suite and kids splash pad, Cotgrave Leisure Centre offers a fun swim with a flume, Keyworth Leisure Centre’s popular site has a sensory pool and Bingham Arena’s unique feature will be the poolside seating for competitive events.
“We can’t wait to open in 2022 and welcome everyone to another brilliant local centre.”
Tenants at the Enterprise Centre will also benefit from the support of a dedicated Business Support Advisor. There will also be four rapid charge electric vehicle charge points available for public use at the site when it opens.
The Council and Toot Hill School are working together to ensure the existing leisure centre site in the town continues to provide outdoor sports facilities, including athletics track and hockey pitch, indoor sports halls and courts.