Bolton’s state-of-the-art leisure centre has opened its doors.
The £30.6 million Bolton One, on Moor Lane, opened to the public at 6.30am on February 1.
The flagship health, leisure and research complex is a partnership between Bolton Council, NHS Bolton and the University.
The council is providing leisure and fitness facilities which are the first part of the complex to open. A 25 metre swimming pool with seating for 250 spectators is the key component of the centre.
A therapeutic hydrotherapy pool for people with disabilities; a 70-station gym; a community gym which is accessible for disabled users; a fitness suite, and an aerobics studio are also available.
Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “I was there when the doors opened and it was brilliant to see people walking through the doors. One of our key priorities is improving the health of our residents and Bolton One gives everyone the opportunity to take part in fitness activities. Having a facility like this in the heart of the town centre, in the Innovation Zone, is the realisation of a long-held ambition.”
Council chiefs offered everyone in Bolton the chance to try out the pool for free and around 2,000 people have taken up the offer. Also up for grabs were 2,012 free places on exercise classes for the month of February. Some places are still available – call in to Bolton One for more information.
Memberships start at £15.99 (swim-only), £24.99 (swim and gym) and £29.99 (swim, gym and classes), with discounts if you purchase an annual pass. For more information phone or visit the Bolton Leisure website.
The University of Bolton has a sports hall and 50ft climbing wall within Bolton One, which will be open to the public from February 27.
The university will also provide 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, and teaching and seminar rooms.
The NHS will provide a range of outpatient services, among which will be breast screening; orthopaedics; rheumatology; thoracics, and radiological and therapy support. A GP practice will also be based at Bolton One.
Building work started in October 2009 and an official opening ceremony will be held in May.