Harrogate Leisure & Wellness Centre

Project Overview

To deliver a major refurbishment of the existing facilities, bringing them up to a modern standard and providing high quality activity areas for the local community. 

Client: North Yorkshire Council

Project value: £13.5 million

Partners: ISG Construction, Axiom Project Services, GT3 Architects, UK Leisure Framework

About the Project

This project saw a major refurbishment of the existing facilities at the previously named Harrogate Hydro, now called Harrogate Leisure & Wellness Centre.

New facilities include a new 400sqm fitness suite, a Les Mills immersive cycle studio, a sauna and steam suite, plus a reconfigured reception and café.

Works have also included extending the building’s footprint and substantial reimagining throughout to create a bright, modern offering more in keeping with the needs of today’s vibrant and diverse community.

Existing pool and leisure facilities have been completely overhauled. In the pool, a new diving structure has been installed so the centre can continue to support up and coming diving talent in the way that it has done for Olympians, such as Jack Laugher MBE and Oliver Dingley.

Outside, the building has been remodelled to complement the surrounding environment with landscaping, a reconfigured car park, bicycle storage and electric vehicle charging points. As well as this, energy efficient, air source heat pumps will replace the existing gas boilers, and 250 solar panels have been installed along with new energy monitoring and control systems.

increase in learn to swim programme uptake
above membership target
divers on diving programme
The re-opening of the new and improved Harrogate Leisure and Wellness Centre will ensure that continues to be the case. It is also pleasing that energy-efficiency has been at the heart of the project, in line with our climate pledges, and this will serve as an example for other facilities across the county.
Councillor Simon Myers
Executive Member for Culture, Arts and Housing, North Yorkshire Council
Investment in the old Hydro has transformed the facility and future proofed leisure provision for many years to come. In addition to the visible improvements, there is so much that has gone on behind the scenes to make this centre more energy efficient. Air source heat pumps have replaced existing gas boilers and 250 solar panels have been installed along with new energy monitoring and control systems. These measures are expected to half the carbon footprint of the leisure centre. This is great news for the council’s net zero targets, great news for residents and ultimately, great news for the planet.
James Foley
Commercial Director, Alliance Leisure

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