A landmark building in Bolton, which will provide health, leisure, and research facilities under one roof, is one step closer to becoming a reality.
A topping out ceremony took place at Bolton on Thursday, September 29 to mark the completion of the outside structure.
Bolton One, which is due to open early next year, 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. The pool will be managed by the council's partners Serco
An urgent care, diagnostic and treatment centre, managed by the NHS within the complex, will provide a walk-in service for patients as well as 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 services, such as GP out-of-hours, 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; and teaching and seminar rooms. 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. The University's Centre for Research for Health and Wellbeing will also be based in Bolton One.
Pam Senior, Chair of NHS Bolton, said: “It’s great that this magnificent landmark building has now taken its full shape.
“This is a shining example of partnership work, and it will offer real benefits to the people of Bolton for many years to come.”
Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council, said: “This marks a significant milestone for Bolton One, which will be a fantastic asset for the local community. Despite the economic climate we’re really pleased that we have been able to progress our plans for the Innovation Zone. This flagship development signifies the council’s commitment to provide 21st century facilities for its residents and visitors.”
Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL, Chancellor of the University of Bolton, said: “Bolton One is a great asset for the university, its students and staff and for a town that is going places.
“This building is a marvellous example of what can be achieved working in partnership, coming together and working well together.”