Morgan Sindall Construction has handed over a £6.3 million leisure centre in Market Rasen, which has been designed and built in just over a year. The project was awarded to the main contractor by West Lindsay District Council through the Scape Regional Construction framework.
The state-of-the-art facility on Gainsborough Road will be operated by Everyone Active and is a cornerstone in the local authority’s proactive strategy to improve the health and wellbeing of people in the area.
Work to build the 18,300 sq ft leisure centre began last summer. Designed by CPMG Architects, the centre is set over two storeys. Windows have been designed to maximise light and limit heat gain, to reduce the need for cooling and the building’s carbon footprint.
The centre will feature 40 pieces of Technogym cardio and strength equipment. A modern spin studio will feature 15 Kaiser cycling bikes. There will also be space and connectivity to allow instructors to deliver virtual classes to residents looking to pursue a healthier lifestyle from home.
Team sports and group activities are well-served by a 7,400 sq ft sports hall and an external 3G all-weather pitch, while gym users will also have access to a café and changing areas.
Rob Cant, Scape Regional Construction framework director, at Morgan Sindall Construction, said:
“The importance of prioritising health and wellbeing has been reinforced in recent months. People around the country are eager to return to modern, well-designed leisure facilities and gyms as soon as they are able to. Thanks to the council’s investment, and its decision to partner with a leading operator like Everyone Active, the people of Market Rasen will soon have access to a state-of-the-art facility.
“This has been a great project to deliver from start to finish. Working through the framework has facilitated effective early collaboration from everyone involved, enabling us to build the centre safely and without undue delay.”
Morgan Sindall Construction has received praise from local councillors for its safe and efficient delivery of the project, which has taken just over 12 months despite the operational challenges posed by the site and current Covid-19 pandemic. Cllr. Giles McNeill, Leader of West Lindsey District Council, commented:
“I am delighted that the new West Lindsey Leisure Centre: Market Rasen has been completed by Morgan Siddall Construction, on time and on budget. Our partnership means that the people of Market Rasen and the surrounding area will benefit from a first-rate, brand new facility. The building is sited prominently on Gainsborough Road, which is the westerly entrance to the town, and makes an impressive statement about the confidence the district council has in the town as an important area now and for the future.”