A £14m leisure centre with swimming pools and bowling alley has been given the go-ahead in Tameside

Denton Wellness Centre, a £14m leisure scheme in Tameside being developed by Network Space, has been given the green light.

A development in the heart of Denton, the facility will bring an eight-lane competition swimming pool, learner pool, spa area, fitness suite and ten-pin bowling alley to the area.

The centre, which has been designed by Pozzoni Architecture, also features a range of community facilities, including meeting rooms, children’s soft paly area and multi-use studio spaces.

The development, which is situated just off the M67, is being delivered for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and will be managed by the council’s leisure operator.

It is also an opportunity to develop the brownfield Oldham Batteries site which has been standing empty for six years. The current Active Denton will only close when the new facility is up and running.

Willmott Dixon has been appointed for the construction which is expected to begin on-site later this year and is set to be constructed over 15 months.

Stephen Barnes, managing director of development at Network Space, said: “Although much of our development pipeline is currently industrial focused, we have the experience and skillset to deliver a diverse range of projects, and in this case, a leisure scheme delivered in partnership with a local authority.

“Working closely with Tameside MBC, Active Tameside and Pozzoni, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that the building meets the needs of the local community, where inclusion is key.”

The proposed ‘wellness centre’ in Denton

Network Space has been providing industrial workspace, office and leisure schemes for over 35 years and have previously delivered the St Helens Rugby League stadium.

The company has a development pipeline that extends to 2.5 million sq ft over the next five years.

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