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Morgan Sindall starts work on £9.5 million sports centre

James McDermott, project manager for Morgan Sindall, Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Councillor Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, and Trevor Clay, principal of Chesterfield College cut the first sod to begin work on the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Morgan Sindall has celebrated the start of construction work on the replacement Queen’s Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield with a traditional turf cutting ceremony.

The £9.5 million project, led by Chesterfield Borough Council, is on the Queen’s Park Annexe site, a disused athletics track, in close proximity to the existing sports centre. It is due to complete in early 2016.

During the ceremony, members of the Morgan Sindall team joined representatives from the centre, the Council, the project team and invited guests as they cut the turf to celebrate the beginning of work on site.

Following a £2 million grant from Sport England, previously approved plans for the new centre will be expanded to provide additional activity space, including an eight lane swimming pool, larger learner pool, eight sports courts, additional studio space and spectator seating in the swimming pool and main sports hall. There will also be a new café and midwifery centre, along with enhanced changing facilities and an 80 station gym.

At 5,129 square metres, the centre will take up less than half of the area of Queen's Park Annexe and will also allow currently unusable space such as a derelict seating area to be brought back into use as publicly accessible green space.

The current Queen's Park Sports Centre on Boythorpe Road will remain open until the new sports centre is complete and operational, while the existing tennis courts and bowling Green on the Annexe site will remain unaffected. Sport England is a funding partner of the sports centre as is Chesterfield College.

Kevin Donegan, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “Keeping leisure facilities up to date and fit-for-purpose is vital to people’s wellbeing. Our busy modern lives mean that communities need suitable recreation facilities in convenient locations and this is precisely what we’ll be delivering here in Chesterfield.

“Where possible we’ll use a local workforce and source materials locally so that Chesterfield benefits from the construction as much as it will once the new facilities are open. We are also in discussions with Chesterfield College to identify apprenticeship positions at Morgan Sindall.”

Councillor Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, at Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “This is a once in a generation opportunity to provide modern sporting facilities. It gives opportunities for people living in town centre locations to take part in sport and leisure activities and will be a real Olympic legacy for Chesterfield.

“At the same time it enables the council to run a more energy and cost efficient building that makes better use of space than the existing centre. It also provides the modern facilities customers now expect, such as family changing areas, which we are unable to offer in the current sports centre.”

Morgan Sindall has considerable experience in this field having built the Splashpoint Leisure Centre on Worthing’s seafront last year and also the Wigan Life Centre, one of the largest municipal facilities in the country in 2012.

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(l-r) James McDermott, project manager for Morgan Sindall, Councillor John Burrows, leader of Chesterfield Borough Council, Councillor Amanda Serjeant, executive member for leisure, culture and tourism, and Trevor Clay, principal of Chesterfield College cut the first sod to begin work on the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

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