Work has started on Tameside Wellness Centre, which has been designed by Pozzoni Architecture to be accessible by all and to incorporate dementia friendly design.
Network Space is delivering the £15m scheme on behalf of Tameside Council on brownfield land in the heart of Denton.
The new facility at the former Oldham Batteries site will offer an eight lane, 25m, competition swimming pool with room for 150 spectators; learner pool; spa area including sauna, steam and treatment facilities; fitness suite and ten-pin bowling alley.
Other facilities include meeting rooms, a children’s soft play area and multi-use studio spaces. Instead of a foyer there will be a social interaction zone – a cultural area to host community events and activities from talks to children’s sessions.
The roof space will offer a sensory garden and could also be used for a pop-up cinema, small theatre or open air exercise space.
Sport England has backed the project with a £1.5m grant. Willmott Dixon will construct the centre, which will be managed by Active Tameside.
The project is expected to complete in spring 2020.