Work has started on the new £9.3 million enhanced Queen’s Park Sports Centre in Chesterfield after a sod cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
Chesterfield Borough Council held the ceremony on the Queen’s Park Annex site last Wednesday, September 10 to mark the start of construction on the multi-million pound project.
The construction comes less than a month after the council was granted an extra £2 million in funding for the new centre from Sport England.
A further £2.5 million of the project’s funding has come from Chesterfield College as part of a dual usage agreement, while £4.8 million of funding is coming from the council.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said that it has taken a huge amount of planning and work, including extensive public consultation, to get to the state where work can begin.
She added: “The new centre offers a once in a generation opportunity to offer modern, cost efficient and energy efficient town centre sports and leisure facilities that will help deliver our aim of encouraging more people in Chesterfield to live healthy and active lifestyles.”
Trevor Clay, Principal at Chesterfield College, said that the further education provider are delighted to be partnering with the council to provide ‘outstanding’ sports facilities for their students.
He added: “The strength of this partnership played a key role in bringing Sport England on board to put Chesterfield on the regional map as the home of excellent sports facilities.
“These will complement our already outstanding teaching and learning in the field of sport and will equip our students to progress with their studies and gain employment.”
The building work contract is being managed by construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall. The firm has considerable experience, having built the Arc Leisure Centre at Matlock.
Kevin Donegan, Morgan Sindall’s Area Director has promised to use local workforce where possible.
He said: “Keeping leisure facilities up to date and designed to meet the needs of the borough is vital for people’s wellbeing.
“Where possible we’ll use a local workforce and source materials locally in order that Chesterfield benefits from the construction stage as much as it will once the new facilities are open. We are also in discussions with Chesterfield College to identify apprenticeship positions at Morgan Sindall.”