Bolton One, the town’s new £30.6million swimming pool, health and academic centre, is now taking shape, with all of its steel structure in place.
The facility, which is being built at the University of Bolton’s Deane Road campus, will house health, leisure and academic facilities all under one roof.
The project is a partnership between NHS Bolton, Bolton Council and the University of Bolton. It includes an eight-lane, 25-metre competition swimming pool, with seating for 250 spectators; a therapeutic hydrotherapy pool for people with disabilities; a fitness suite; aerobics studio; and community gym in the leisure area.
An urgent care, diagnostic and treatment centre, managed by the NHS within the complex, will provide a ‘walk-in’ service for patients. The centre will provide a convenient assessment, advice and treatment service to help patients avoid unnecessary trips to Accident and Emergency departments for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses. Other urgent care such as GP out-of-hours services will also be based here.
The University of Bolton will be providing a Centre of Excellence for Health and Wellbeing, which will include clinical skills laboratory facilities; a rehabilitation suite, including rehabilitation clinics; sports injury and exercise and conditioning clinics; teaching and seminar rooms; and a test-running track. The university will also have a sports centre and climbing wall within the complex, which will replace its current facilities and will be open to the public.
Tim Evans, Chief Executive of NHS Bolton, said: “It’s great that people can now begin to see how this landmark building will look. This is a shining example of partnership work, which will offer a real benefit to the people of Bolton.”
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, added: “It’s really exciting to see how well work is progressing on this project, which will serve the whole community. Together with the new colleges campus, the Innovation Zone is really taking shape now.”
Professor Peter Marsh, University of Bolton Deputy Vice Chancellor, said: “Our sports, science and professional health teaching and research facilities will be some of the best in the country for our areas of expertise. And, of course, we will have access to new sports and leisure facilities unprecedented in Bolton - as the building takes shape on our campus the move in becomes even more anticipated by everyone at the University.”
The scheme has been developed by the BRAHM LIFT company to meet the highest environmental standards and the Eric Wright Group, the private sector partner in BRAHM LIFT, will construct the complex.
Bolton One will meet the BREEAM Excellent rating, a national sustainability measure used for new buildings, making it a landmark building for the town.
Building work started in October 2009 and is due for completion in early 2012. For more information, visit the website.