As construction works continue on projects being delivered by Alliance Leisure through the UK Leisure Framework in Harrogate and Knaresborough, we wanted to share some of the community engagement projects being delivered by our construction partner, ISG.

In Harrogate, ISG is working closely with the Little Explorer’s Day Nursery next door to the construction site to enhance the experience of the children in their care. In addition to financing and installing a large, new shed so the nursery can secure its outdoor play equipment, ISG has also re-laid bark and sand areas to improve usability and appeal.

A new four-seater stroller has also been financed so the nursery teams can safety take the children out and about into the community to expose them to new sensory and learning experiences. Nursery artwork is also being displayed on site hording to add some visible interest and pumpkins are being donated to support Halloween activities.

The construction company is also supporting Fern House, a hostel housing people who find themselves without a permanent home, through the donation of  outdoor planters. Residents are being invited to ‘make the planters their own’ through the planting of vegetables which delivers therapeutic value whilst also promoting sustainable food sources and healthy eating. 

In Knaresborough, ISG is engaging with local schools, providing STEM sessions and attending career fairs to promote employment opportunities in the construction industry. ISG is also working with York college and Leeds college to provide students with work placements and career advice, helping youngsters understand opportunities and access information that will help them to enter the local workforce.

Councillor Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, said: “We’re delivering more than £40million worth of leisure provision across the Harrogate district, ensuring people can keep fit and active for many years to come.

“We’re keen to ensure that during the works we can support the local community in Harrogate and Knaresborough, therefore I’m delighted that Alliance and ISG have been able to support a number of local projects.”

These are just some of the projects our partner ISG is delivering in association with the extensive leisure development works. In Harrogate, the new hydro is being completely re-imagined to deliver improved facilities and energy efficiencies, whilst in Knaresborough, a brand new energy efficient leisure centre is being constructed. Alliance Leisure and ISG are expected to remain on sites until Autumn 2023 so there is plenty more time for many more new and exciting community engagement projects. We will keep you posted!

It's great to see ISG contributing to local projects alongside the construction of the new leisure facilities.  These new developments will deliver huge levels of social value but being able to delivery real tangible benefits throughout a project is very rewarding.
Sean Nolan
Business Development Manager, Alliance Leisure
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