The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council is seeking a design team for a new £9.7 million leisure centre
The lead consultant and multidisciplinary team chosen for the £1 million design contract will draw up plans for a new Bradford North leisure facility on the site of the former Springfield Residential Home off Squire Lane, which has now been demolished.
The project is part of plans by the local authority to build several new leisure centres in the city and close existing outdated facilities such as the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, which opened in 1977 and is named after a famous heavyweight boxer from nearby Halifax.
According to the brief: ‘The client’s vision is to create a new, community focussed Sport and Leisure Facility in North Bradford, that will provide for and encourage Sport and Physical Activity. The facility will cater for local aquatic needs and district wide sporting requirements.
‘The facilities should be designed to be sustainable, be considerate of environmental issues such as the use of energy and non-sustainable resources and the control of pollution. Consequently sustainable materials should be utilised in the design and construction of the Facility where ever possible.’
Bradford, in the foothills of the Pennines around 14km west of Leeds, was an international centre of textile manufacture in the 19th century, and today is a major tourist and retail centre and a UNESCO City of Film.
The city’s population of 522,452 is expected to rise to 584,000 by 2022 and there is a recognised shortage of aquatics facilities within the metropolitan area.
The new facility, opposite Bradford Girls Grammar School, will feature a 25m-long pool, a studio pool, fitness suite, dance studios, party room, changing facilities and toilets.
A first aid room, staff office, welfare area, reception, plant room, secure bicycle storage and parking for the nearby Bradford Royal Infirmary will also be required. Proposals should harness passive design solutions and deliver low overall running costs.
The deadline for applications is 2pm on 13 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council