The first of a new generation of planned health and wellbeing centres for Oldham is on its way in Chadderton.
The contractual negotiations for the new state-of-the art multi-million pound health and wellbeing centre have now all been finalised which paves the way for the building work to begin on the old Council depot site on Wellington street in Chadderton.
The demolition of the old buildings on the site has already taken place and the hoardings are expected to go up around the site in the next couple of weeks with work starting soon after.
The Wellbeing Centre planned for Chadderton brings together a range of organisations including key Council services and the Police under one roof, to deliver joined up services at a local level and ensures that the community have access to excellent facilities including a 25-metre swimming pool, community meeting rooms, a fitness suite and library.
Following the closure of the old Chadderton swimming pool in late 2006, after health and safety concerns, Oldham Council Adult and Community Services has responded quickly to the responses received from ongoing consultation with residents, where more than 90% of the people who took part said that they wanted a new modern facility that guaranteed that Chadderton would have access to a local pool, fit for purpose for now and future generations.
Service Director for Partnerships and Performance, Clare Fish said "This marks the beginning of a new era for the delivery of health and wellbeing services across the borough. Partners such as the Council, Health and the Police delivering complimentary services from a single purpose built site, enables us all to deliver improved services in a joined up way, more quickly and more efficiently within the heart of Oldham's communities. This flagship project has been borne out of the consultations that have take place, and I would like to thank all those who have contributed. we will now continue to work closely with the local community to incorporate their ideas into the building to create a fantastic resource that the community can be proud of".
The development of the Chadderton Health and Well Being Centre project is being led by Oldham Council and is being developed as part of the award winning LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) initiative in Oldham by the borough's LIFTco, Community 1st Oldham Limited.
The construction of the new development is being undertaken by construction company Carillion Regional Building. Community 1st Oldham and Carillion are actively working in partnership with J21 - Oldham & Rochdale Local Labour in Construction Initiative to create opportunities for local contractors and skilled workers to get involved with new developments like this.
Sustainability will also be at the heart of this new centre through the use of green technologies and a number of sustainable design features such as Combined Heat and Power systems, use of biofuels, solar shading, rain water recycling and water and lighting conservation measures. These design features will ensure improved cost effectiveness in terms of running costs for this facility compared to the existing sites as well as minimising the impact on the environment and contributing to local and national government targets for lowering carbon footprint.
David Gratrix - Project Director of Community 1st Oldham Ltd commented, "Community 1st Oldham is delighted to complete contracts on the first Oldham Council project through the LIFT programme. There has been a lot of behind the scenes hard work to make this fantastic project a reality and we look forward to the new facility being open to local residents to enjoy by the end of 2009."
Further details about the new development can be found on Oldham Council's website www.oldham.gov.uk or alternatively on Community 1st Oldham's newly launched website http://www.community1stoldham.co.uk/.
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