The Bradford Council’s Executive is scheduled to receive an update from officials regarding the Squire Lane Leisure Centre project during the Executive meeting on Tuesday, 3rd October.

The proposed new centre is an integral part of the Council’s comprehensive strategy for sports and recreational facilities within the district. It acknowledges that easy access to high-quality sports and leisure amenities plays a vital role in supporting the long-term health and well-being of the populace. This specific centre is anticipated to cater to approximately 70,000 residents residing in the heart of the Bradford district.

The council has already secured an additional £20 million in funding to bring this much-needed facility to the local community. However, due to rising construction costs and increased energy expenses, officials have initiated a review of the project to ensure that the leisure, community, and business spaces can be delivered within the allocated budget.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “It’s really exciting to see plans for this much-needed centre develop. We know that this will be a real asset for local people and be a well-used facility, which is why we are committed to doing what we can to make sure that this delivers the sport and community benefits that our residents want.

“The centre will use bang up to date energy efficient technology wherever possible to help reduce energy costs and reduce carbon emissions, and we will continue to look at alternative funding sources to support the delivery of the centre as we continue through this process.”

The centre’s current blueprint includes various community amenities, such as:

2 swimming pools, comprising a 6-lane, 25-metre pool and an adjustable-depth learner pool

1 fitness gym equipped with 100 pieces of equipment

1 studio for spin classes

2 gym areas

Associated changing facilities

New community facilities available for booking

Outdoor recreational facilities

The project is slated for final approval by the executive board in early 2024, once the projected costs are confirmed.