Network Space is delivering this £15 million scheme on behalf of Tameside Council on brownfield land next to the new Denton link road, Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze Way, in the heart of Denton.
The new facility at the former Oldham Batteries site will bring to Tameside an eight-lane, 25metre, competition swimming pool with room for 150 spectators, learner pool, a spa area including sauna, steam and treatment facilities, fitness suite and ten-pin bowling alley. However, it is also much more than a leisure centre, boasting a host of wellness features that will benefit the whole community. These include meeting rooms, free wi-fi, a children’s soft play area and multi-use studio spaces. Instead of a foyer there will be a social interaction zone – a cultural area that could host everything from a history talk to a string quartet, to children’s ‘Time for a Rhyme’ sessions or just used to relax and read the books available. The roof space will be transformed into a sensory garden and could also be used for a pop-up cinema, small theatre or open air exercise space.
The project received planning approval in July 2018 with an expected completion date of spring 2020.