Ceremony marks construction progress at new leisure venue

A ‘bolt tightening’ ceremony has been held by contractors Wates Construction to celebrate the progress made at the new £15.1m Northwich Memorial Court, where the steel frame of the entertainment side of the building is now complete.  

To mark the occasion delegates from Cheshire West and Chester Council joined the team on site to help secure the final bolt in the building’s entertainment structure, which comprises 390 tonnes of steel and 11,500 bolts.


Alison Robert (CW&C), Mark McCall (Project Manager – Wates),
Cllr Stuart Parker and Cllr Amy Mercer Bailey (CW&C),
Tony Shenton (Director – Wates)  and Denis O’Neill (Construction Manager – Wates)

The event comes just two months after construction commenced on the new £15m Ellesmere Port Sport and Leisure Village, which Wates is delivering concurrently on behalf of the council. 

Replacing the former Memorial Hall and Magistrates Court buildings, the new Northwich Memorial Court entertainment and leisure venue will include a swimming pool, gym and a multi-purpose theatre, a conference venue, community spaces and a café and bar.

The Council-funded development, which is being project managed by the authority’s Capital Delivery Team, is being delivered in partnership with the Weaver Valley Partnership Board.

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West, commented: “Construction at Northwich Memorial Court is progressing as efficiently as we had intended and this is testament to the partnership approach we have adopted with Cheshire West and Chester Council.  

“Running this project alongside Ellesmere Port Sport and Leisure Village has enabled us to further improve our cost efficiency through the appointment of shared local subcontractors and suppliers, which is also generating a positive impact for the local economy.” 

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy said: “Construction of Memorial Court is progressing well and the entertainment and leisure venue is on course to open in spring next year. Residents can view the ongoing construction by accessing the time-lapse camera.  

“This link can be found on the Weaver Valley website at www.weavervalley.org.uk/ and I am sure that over the coming months, that stills from this camera will be popular with residents eager to find out how the build is progressing.”     

The project was procured through the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) framework, on which Wates has been a construction partner since its appointment in 2010. 68 public sector organisations have procured 145 projects with a value of £913m through the framework in the last three years across the North West.