New £3m Sports Centre Construction Starts in Harrogate

Development work has started this month on a new sports centre at Ashville College in Harrogate

harrogate sports centre artists impression
Architects drawings of the new sports centre at Ashville College in Harrogate.

The completion date for the project is the start of the new school year in September. It consists of a major facelift and redevelopment of the buildings at Ashville College. The main phase of the building work will commence in April of this year 2017. This will evolve work on the Yew Tree Lane building which dates back to the 1960’s!

The new sports centre will boast a significantly enlarged gymnasium, nine new changing facilities, a new reception area and café, new staff offices and two further dance/fitness studios. The swimming pool will be completely refurbished which is long overdue. Phase One of the project was completed in the Autumn Term of 2016.

Additionally over the past 5 years this independent school has invested £1.6m on a new all-weather surface pitchs and gym equipment. It made its swimming pool more energy efficient, improved drainage to its 1st XV rugby pitch and installed new hi-tech low energy lighting in its sports halls.

Ashville Sports Centre and swimming pool is housed in it’s own building on the Ashville campus. It is accessed via the school’s entrance on Yew Tree Lane. Car parking is available and free of charge.

Lloyds Bank are supporting Ashville with the project

peter whitely chairman of governors mark lauder headmaster
From left to right Peter Whitely Ashville’s Chairman of Governors and Headmaster Mark Lauder announce the start of demolition work at the sports centre.

Said Mark Lauder, Headmaster at Ashville College:

At £3m, this is the single biggest investment undertaken at Ashville College so far.

The sports centre has been a central feature of the campus for more than half a century, but the decades of constant use by pupils, club members and outside organisations, have taken their toll.

Once completed, which all being well should be late August, we will have one of the most modern sports centres in the region.

To lessen disruption – and to reduce the construction timescale – a large part of the new-look sports centre is being made off-site.

During the Easter holidays these units will be transported to Harrogate and simply lowered into place. This allows Ashville’s games programme to run without disruption throughout the year.

We are grateful for the support of Lloyds Bank in this venture.

Said Joanne Lampkowski, Education Relationship Manager at Lloyds Bank :

The new sports facilities will be a great asset to both the college and the wider community, and we expect it will encourage the younger generations to participate in more sporting activities.

We’re committed to helping Britain prosper, which is why we have a nationwide team of specialist education relationship managers, who can provide the tailored support schools need to expand and thrive.

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