Rochdale Leisure Centre

Construction value:


Design team:


Rochdale MBC

Project Manager: 

The Impact Partnership



Main Contractor: 

Willmott Dixon

M & E Consultant: 

Building Services Design

An efficient, flexible and fully-featured leisure centre




As part of a wider regeneration and transformation programme, Rochdale Borough Council planned to build a new £11 million centre close to the town centre. The centre was to include the town’s first fully accessible four-court sports hall and incorporate several other innovations including a learner pool, thermal suite, dance and activity gyms, fitness suite, changing facilities and café.




The design for the centre featured two main challenges: procuring all utility services due to the increased loadings for the site; and carrying out the work without disrupting activities at the existing leisure centre, which was to remain fully operational until the new development was completed. The Borough Council also required the building to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.




The infrastructures for both electricity and gas supplies were reinforced and, in order for the centre to remain open, the works were carried out on a phased basis while taking into account the safety of the general public. We provided the full mechanical and electrical design including the heating of the swimming pools and filtration, incorporating comfort cooling. In addition, we designed the ventilation, lighting, power, fire alarm, CCTV, access/security, PA, data infrastructure and car park lighting.




A major new attraction for residents and visitors alike, Rochdale Leisure Centre now benefits from lower energy costs, due to the new CHP installation connected to the pool and the large domestic hot water plant, and successfully achieved the BREEAM Excellent rating targeted by the Borough Council.


The centre boasts an eight-lane, 25 metre swimming pool which is the widest pool in the borough. The centre also incorporates a large 17 metre second pool with moveable floor, allowing more flexibility for activities such as fitness classes and swimming lessons.