Northwich Memorial Court £13.7m plan recommended for approval

A £13.7m project will make Northwich Memorial Court the premier cultural venue in the east of the Borough.

Northwich-artist-impression1Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Executive are being recommended to approve the scheme which will provide a 25 metre swimming pool, flume, spa, 80-station gym and dance studio.

The scheme includes a moveable floor which can increase the depth of the learner pool to make its use more flexible and accommodate additional swimmers.

It is hoped to deliver the new facilities by January 2015, replacing the Memorial Hall and Moss Farm pool.

The Executive meeting on Wednesday, May 1, will consider the recommendation for approval alongside results of extensive consultation and calls by Northwich Swimming Club for an eight-lane swimming pool.

A Report by the Director for Growth and Prosperity, Charlie Seward, says that the six-lane swimming pool will meet the predicted needs and growth in use of the pool until at least 2030.

The scheme’s budget includes the learner pool moveable floor and the high quality finish of the proposed building to reflect its important role in regeneration of the town.  But it does not include an additional £1.5m/£3m to provide the two extra lanes for an eight lane pool.

Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive member for Culture and Recreation, said: “The Northwich Memorial Court will be a wonderful modern recreational and leisure asset that will help regenerate an important area of the town linked to the riverside.”

“In a time of severe financial constraint the extra two lanes requested by Northwich swimming club would make it unaffordable or involve cutting other elements from the scheme.  We are confident the pool and leisure facilities will be enjoyed by residents or all ages.”

The Northwich Memorial Court will include a new commemorative garden and public space to respect the fact the Memorial Hall was built to honour those who died in two world wars.

Extensive public consultation included a questionnaire response from 335 people to the Northwich scheme with the key responses asking for the main hall focus to be on entertainment (87%), cafe/bar (58%) and flume/chute (68%).