EU Funding. News. Place Projects - 12 March 2021

Partners for new Bingham Arena and Enterprise Centre announced

The partners for the creation of Bingham’s new greener and carbon efficient leisure centre and community hub have been announced.

Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Councillor Simon Robinson said he was delighted to agree partnerships with Willmott Dixon as contractor and Henry Riley as external project managers.

It’s with the support from key partners Parkwood Leisure, Bingham Town Council and funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) (subject to signing grant funding agreement) and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund.

The 5500sqm leisure centre development will be known as Bingham Arena, with the adjacent offices named the Bingham Enterprise Centre, comprising 12 offices for small to medium sized businesses over two floors that could create up to 90 jobs.

The new £16m Chapel Lane site, set to open in Spring 2022, will aim to operate producing far lower levels of carbon. This includes 78% carbon emission reduction compared to other leisure centres in the Borough and 82% lower carbon for similar office developments.

The site will include air source heat pumps, air conditioning, LED lighting, solar panels, water reduction methods and Electric Vehicle charging points in line with the authority’s environmental priority.

Bingham Arena will host a new 25 metre six lane competition swimming pool with spectator seating for 330 people, teaching pool, fitness centre, spin and exercise studios, cafe and a community hall with capacity of 300.

The site will offer community, office and leisure development consistent with the Bingham Growth Board’s aspirations to develop the site as part of a key gateway between the current town centre and the growth of its housing developments to the north.

A new focal point for Bingham

Councillor Robinson said: “By next year a new leisure centre and business focal point for Bingham will be created.

“We’re delighted Henry Riley and Willmott Dixon are joining us to complete this hugely significant project to provide contemporary facilities Bingham’s growing populations can be proud of.

“The environment is one of our key priorities and these wonderful new facilities will encompass so much of what we aim to achieve with even greener, more efficient venues that will benefit our local communities.

“It’s vital we take the opportunity to build new facilities with our fellow Carbon Clever project in mind and set an example for others to follow in investing in new infrastructure in the right way.”

Mayor of Bingham Councillor John Stockwood said: “We’re pleased the project is now underway and by Spring next year the people of Bingham’s wishes for this new site will come to fruition, with great new facilities and a community hall that will provide a great base for people to meet.

“The project over the forthcoming year will provide many apprenticeship and work experience opportunities too and it’s heartening our new generations will be playing their part in the future of a key focal point for the town.”

Sajeeda Rose, Chief Executive at D2N2 LEP said: “We are pleased to be supporting this exciting development in Bingham, the combination of leisure facilities and space for businesses to thrive make this project a real asset for Bingham.

“Carbon reduction is central to D2N2’s Economic Recovery and Growth Strategy, and the measures planned to make the Bingham Leisure and Enterprise centre more carbon efficient will contribute towards supporting the regions ambition towards net-zero.”

The Council and Toot Hill School are working together to ensure the existing leisure centre site in the town continues to provide outdoor facilities, including the athletics track and hockey pitch, indoor sports halls and courts.

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