Brinnington regeneration picks up speed

Work has moved forward apace on the regeneration of Brinnington.

Brinnington regeneration picks up speed

The progress on Stockport Council’s new sports and leisure facilities was marked this week with the formal appointment of the contractor, Willmott Dixon, who will be starting on site in early April.

The new £6 million centre will replace the existing, out-dated Lapwing Centre and will include facilities for badminton, five-a-side football, basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor hockey and a range of other sports and activities.

Managed by the Council’s partner Life Leisure, the centre will also feature a state of the art dance and aerobic studio, a 40-station fitness suite and a new home for Brinnington Boxing Club.

There will also be a community room for events, classes and meetings, a crèche, plus additional car parking, new changing facilities and a new 3G football pitch, as well as a new bowling green to be located next to Brinnington Health Centre.

The project will be overseen by Carillion on behalf of the Council.

These new sports facilities form part of the regeneration of Brinnington and will complement the new housing development which is also under construction.

Countryside is developing the new housing in partnership with the Council, and has recently opened its sales cabin on its site on Blackberry Lane.

To support local residents who wish to save for a deposit for one of the new homes, the Council, Stockport Credit Union and Countryside have developed a bespoke savings scheme with significant financial benefits, including developer contributions of up to 2.5% of the value of the new home.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Executive Member for Communities and Housing, said: “The new sports centre will create greater opportunities for participation in sport through high quality, affordable facilities, accessible to everyone. The significant investment required to build these new developments demonstrates the Council’s confidence in and commitment to the future of Brinnington. I would also like to welcome the savings scheme which will provide real financial support to assist local residents, and their families to purchase one of the new homes.”

Malcolm McPhail, CEO at Life Leisure, said: “We are thrilled to be working alongside Stockport Council on such an exciting development in Brinnington. At Life Leisure we are extremely passionate about improving peoples’ lives and increasing participation in physical activity and leisure. It is fantastic that such first class accessible sports facilities will soon be available right in the heart of the Brinnington Community.”