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Willmott Dixon to build £17m leisure centre


Construction and fit-out company Willmott Dixon has secured a £17m contract form Wakefield Council to build a new leisure centre.The new Five Towns Leisure and Wellbeing Hub in Pontefract will feature a ten-lane swimming pool, studio pool with moveable floor and a splash pad water confidence area.There will also be a gym, exercise studios, dedicated spin studio, climbing activity, café, meeting and referral rooms for community use, while outside there will be four tennis courts, a wellbeing garden and interactive play area, a full-size 3G artificial grass pitch and car parking.The new agreement follows Willmott Dixon’s successful completion of Minsthorpe Leisure Centre for Wakefield Council.Construction work on the hub, which is located in Pontefract Park, is scheduled to complete in autumn 2020. The project was procured via Major Works England and Northern Ireland, a part of the Scape National Construction framework.Willmott Dixon is working with GT+3 Architect, project manager ARCADIS Design & Consultancy and structural engineer Waterman Group.