Queen’s Park Sports Centre
New Sports Centre for Chesterfield
The Chesterfield Borough Council-run centre opened fully on Tuesday 5 January 2016 with the regular opening times of 6.30am to 10pm.
(Video courtesy of Chesterfield Borough Council)
Chesterfield residents can now benefit from an enhanced new Queen’s Park Sports Centre which has been built on Queen’s Park Annexe.
The centre has been made possible by funding of £6.725 million from Chesterfield Borough Council, £2.5 million from Chesterfield College, as part of a partnership agreement, £2 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund and £25,000 from England Squash.
At 19,050 square metres, it takes up less than half of the site and will also allow currently unusable space such as the derelict seating area to be re-established as green space. The bowls and tennis facilities are unaffected and will remain available.
Facilities at the new Queens Park Sports Centre
- An eight lane main swimming pool
- Eight sports courts
- Additional Studio Space
- Spectator seating in the swimming pool hall and main sports hall
- A learner pool with moveable floor and children’s fun water features
- Café and social space
- Midwifery centre
- Village changing facilities with individual and family cubicles for swimmers
- Changing facilities for other sports or activities
- Three Training Rooms
- 80 station gym
- Two glass back squash courts with moveable wall
- Free car parking for approximately 150 cars – up to 3 hours only
Morgan Sindall was the contractor appointed to deliver the project. The contract specified that where possible, they would use local people and supplies in building the new centre.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for leisure, culture and tourism said: “Along with the collaboration agreement and funding committed by Chesterfield College, this £2 million grant from Sport England will make a huge difference to the quality of the sports provision we will be able to offer to our residents and visitors in the future.
“One of the council’s top priorities is to encourage people to lead healthy and active lifestyles and the new purpose-built Queen’s Park Sports Centre with its extended swimming pool and sports courts will allow us to offer more space and activities than is possible in the current sports centre. The new design is very space and energy efficient with more activity space being provided in a smaller building footprint than at present.
“There will also be opportunities for employment and training for local people while the centre is built with the current centre remaining in use until the new centre opens to cause as little disruption as possible to residents and sports clubs.”
Charles Johnston, Sport England’s property director, added: “The right facilities in the right areas are fundamental in providing more people with the opportunity to play sport.
“We’re investing in the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre to provide outstanding facilities which will encourage more people to take up sport and create a sporting habit for life.”