New £8m leisure centre vision for Royton
Reporter: RICHARD HOOTON
Date online: 22 January 2014
ARTIST’S impressions of Royton’s new leisure centre have been released.
Council chiefs say the £8million centre will provide a “lasting Olympic legacy”.
A planning application for the building — to be built opposite the existing centre in Byron Street — is due to be submitted at the end of February.
There will be a six-lane, 25m swimming pool with spectator seating, a separate learner pool, an 80-station gym, two exercise/dance studios and a new, 60-space car park.
The current Royton Sports Centre will not close until the new facility is complete — thought to be around autumn 2015.
Basic specifications were approved in March 2012, but council officers were then asked to consider the mix of facilities and how these might provide a lasting Olympic legacy.
Oldham Council leader Jim McMahon said: “A huge step towards the regeneration of Royton is just round the corner. This stunning facility will complement the work already taking place in Royton district centre.
Detailed displays showing the design for the new leisure centre, which will serve the Royton, Shaw and Crompton areas — will be on show in the existing Royton sports centre, and at Crompton pool and Royton library from the start of February.
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