Hyndburn Leisure Transformation: Proposals

Following recommendations from an independent Feasibility Study, in February 2021 the Council agreed in principle to invest in improving leisure sites across Hyndburn. It is recognised that leisure centres make an important contribution to our residents’ physical and mental wellbeing, but that our buildings are old and becoming more difficult and expensive to repair.

We have planned this project to carefully balance the budget, the condition of our existing facilities and the improvements that would make the most difference to people’s lives.

Based on the information outlined in the Feasibility Study the following facility interventions are recommended:

  • Refurbish Hyndburn Leisure Centre – address backlog maintenance, refurbish existing facilities and create a commercial offer.
  • Replace Mercer Hall with a new facility.
  • Refurbish or replace Wilsons Athletics Pavilion.

The proposals also recommend to re-purpose the Mercer Hall Leisure Centre site, as the current swimming pool and very old equipment is adversely affecting the condition of the building.

It is felt that a replacement Mercer Hall facility cannot be re-provided on the same site, therefore the proposed site for a replacement is Wilsons Playing Fields.  This is subject to a full site appraisal.

Wilsons Playing Fields is located 1.5 miles from the existing Mercer Hall Leisure Centre and therefore active travel recommendations are included within the SOPM report to ensure that there are opportunities to access Wilsons Playing Fields without travelling by car.

Consequently, with locating the new Mercer Hall facilities at Wilson Playing Fields consideration will be given to whether the existing pavilion is refurbished, and new facilities built separately or if it should be demolished and outdoor changing facilities provided within the new build.  

The proposed facility mixes for each of the three key sites are set out in the table below.

Proposed timeline for the Leisure Transformation

Phase 1 (2021/22):    

  • Carry out capital developments at Clayton Civic Hall, developing a bespoke boxing facility that will be home to Clayton Amateur Boxing Club and improving energy efficiency.
  • Deliver a £2m Carbon reduction capital development at Hyndburn Leisure Centre.
  • Apply to the Sport England Strategic Facility Fund.
  • Work with the local community to develop a vision for the future of the Mercer Hall Leisure Centre site.

Phase 2 (2022/23):   

  • Commence the build of a new Leisure facility at Wilsons Playing Fields
  • Carry out capital development work at Bank Mill House (focus of the work TBC).
  • Work with Hyndburn Academy to attract investment to further develop sport & leisure facilities at the Academy
  • Agree a vision for the future of Mercer Hall Leisure Centre and identify investment opportunities to deliver the project.

Phase 3 (2023/24):

  • Open the new Wilsons Playing Fields facility.
  • Carry out stage 2 refurbishments at Hyndburn Leisure Centre.
  • Carry out capital development work at Oswaldtwistle West End Community Centre (focus of the work TBC).
  • Mercer Hall ceases to operate in its current capacity and is re-purposed.

Stage one of our public consultation and engagement work closed on 30th April 2021.

We continue to deliver forums with people and groups across the Hyndburn community and will build on this work in the months ahead.

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