New Leisure Centre For Ely Developing Fast

The Hive Ely

New Leisure Centre For Ely Developing Fast

Great progress is being made on the construction of the district’s new leisure centre, with the contractor reporting that work is currently on programme.

The centre which is adjacent to the Ely Outdoor Sports Association and is phase two of the Ely Leisure Village, has been under construction since March. Work on the external walls and roof is ongoing and work is now focussed on the internal structure and making the building watertight by Autumn.

Councillor David Ambrose-Smith, chair of the Community Services committee said: “This is a really exciting project for the whole of East Cambs as well as the city of Ely. The addition of the leisure centre to the new leisure village broadens the options for people to visit the area and I look forward to the opening of the centre in 2018. ”

Once completed the centre will house an eight-lane 25m swimming pool, a learner pool with moveable floor, a 120-station gym floor, two activity studios and a four-court sports hall. Outside there will be a 3G artificial grass pitch.

The Council has also announced that the new centre will be named The Hive, to reflect both the area’s Fenland heritage and the active nature of the building.

Councillor Richard Hobbs, service delivery champion for Leisure and Community Services, said:

“Having supported and championed the development of the new leisure centre, I am thrilled that the construction of the new facility is steaming ahead and I am pleased to announce that it will be called The Hive.

Eel catching on the River Ouse dates as far back as pre-Norman times and these Eels were commonly caught using baskets made of willow called hives. An eel hive made from willow has been planted in Cherry Hill Park forms part of the Eel Trail around the city.

We are confident that the centre will be a hive of activity – a place that is full of people who are very busy, somewhere where there are lots of activities taking place at the same time”

Construction of the centre is being carried out by contractor Pellikaan. On the build, Project Director at Pellikaan, Corné Van Mook said: “With the final design elements being nearly completed and construction works progressing well on site, we are in a good position to complete the project on time in Spring 2018. We are working with reliable consultants and subcontractors to ensure a quality project will be delivered that everyone can and will be proud of for many years to come.”

The project has been funded by East Cambridgeshire District Council with the help of a £1.5m lottery award from the Sport England Strategic Facilities Fund.

Charles Johnston, Sport England’s property director, said: “Tackling inactivity is a major priority of our new strategy which is why we are pleased to be able to support the development of Ely Leisure Centre. When complete these exciting new multi–sport facilities will encourage more people to lead healthier and more active lifestyles. The Lottery funding we’ve given will allow sport and physical activity to become an accessible option for even more people while those already active and playing sport will enjoy a better experience when the centre opens in 2018.”

When the centre opens it will be managed by GLL on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council.

Website Address: www.visitely.org.uk


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