04 October 2009,

BRAHM LIFT - £30.6 million Bolton One reaches Financial Close

BRAHM LIFT to deliver "Bolton One" - A new swimming pool, health and academic centre

Bolton One has been unveiled as the name for the town's new £30.6 million swimming pool, health and academic centre, which reached financial close on 2nd October 2009.

The name was chosen from a shortlist drawn up by Bolton Council, NHS Bolton and the University of Bolton - the three organisations involved in the project.

They believe Bolton One sums up the uniqueness of the facility which houses health, leisure and academic facilities all under one roof. The complex will be built at the University of Bolton's Deane Road campus and it is due for completion in early 2012.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: "Bolton One represents three partners coming together and our aspiration to provide the best facilities for the town. The name has been chosen to represent the breadth of services that will be contained, in one centre, under one roof, for one community. We want the community to know that they will be at the heart of all the services delivered from this building and have a real sense of ownership with the centre. This is a vital project which will bring a swimming pool to the town centre and the building will be a significant landmark within the Bolton Innovation Zone."

Pam Senior, Chair of NHS Bolton, added: "This iconic new building will mark a significant development in our strategy for improving health and health services for Bolton, and we are delighted that it is being delivered through this unique three-way partnership."

Dr George Holmes, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: "Bolton One will be a great asset, for our students, staff and the entire town. It will also make the University of Bolton a distinctive health learning provider within the university sector. We will be working directly with our Bolton One neighbour NHS Bolton, within the primary care sphere, in a way universities have traditionally worked with hospitals."

Bolton One will house an eight-lane, 25-metre competition swimming pool with seating for 250 spectators; a therapeutic hydrotherapy pool for people with disabilities; a fitness suite; aerobics studio and community gym. Serco, which manages the council's leisure centres, will run the swimming pool and leisure facilities of the complex.

An urgent care, diagnostic and treatment centre, managed by NHS Bolton within the complex, will provide a 'walk-in' service for patients. The centre will provide a convenient assessment, advice and treatment service to help patients avoid unnecessary trips to Accident and Emergency departments for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses. Other urgent care such as GP out of hours services will also be based here.

NHS Bolton and Bolton Council have been awarded £1.5m jointly from the Co-Location Fund to support this development. The fund is targeted at those schemes and projects that successfully bring together PCT and Local Authority services.

The University will be providing a Centre of Excellence for Health and Wellbeing, which will include clinical skills laboratory facilities; a rehabilitation suite, including rehabilitation clinics; sports injury and exercise and conditioning clinics; teaching and seminar rooms and test-running track. The University will also have a sports centre and climbing wall within the complex which will replace its current facilities. These house four badminton courts and can be used for sports activities including 5-a-side football, badminton, table tennis, trampolining, netball and volleyball.

The scheme has been developed by the BRAHM LIFT Company to meet the highest environmental standards and the Eric Wright Group, the private sector partner in BRAHM LIFT, will construct the complex.

Mike Collier, Director of the Eric Wright Group, added: "This project demonstrates the strength of public private partnerships in delivering innovative and integrated services. We are delighted to be involved in this exciting development which will benefit the people of Bolton."

For more information

Veronica Swinburne - Communications Manager, NHS Bolton
01204 462020 or veronica.swinburne@bolton.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

The Innovation Zone is a 67 hectares mixed-use, leisure and education development within Bolton.