Urmston Leisure Centre Proposals Feb 2018

Trafford plans £35m home for Manchester Giants in Urmston

Trafford Council leader Sean Anstee has revealed proposals for a £35m redevelopment of the George H Carnall leisure centre in Urmston, including a new 2,000-capacity arena for basketball team Manchester Giants.

The future of the building had been in doubt following the grant of funding for refreshed leisure centre facilities in the town, which include an extensive overhaul of its existing 1990s leisure centre.

However, Anstee outlined early-stage proposals for the redevelopment of George H Carnall at a council meeting on Wednesday, and said there was “a phenomenal opportunity” to expand “under-utilised and ageing” site into a health, sport, and wellbeing hub.

This will include a new health centre; around 60 affordable homes for key workers including nurses, social workers, teachers, and police officers; and a new home for the Manchester Giants basketball team.

Existing facilities will be expanded and renovated to provide a 2,000-capacity sports and events facility, alongside a club office, shop, community facilities, and café.

The team currently plays at the Trafford Powerleague Sportsdome, and expects to move in to its new facility in time for the 2019/20 season.

John Dwan, Manchester Giants chief executive, said: “It has been a priority for us to find a long term venue that can house and develop our club, not just the elite BBL Basketball team, but also our junior basketball and netball teams, as well as our fast growing community programmes.

“After fruitless discussions with other venues in recent years securing our own sustainable and affordable facility is a major step forward for the club.”

The club has appointed investor and developer Equity Solutions Group to help bring forward the proposals.

Anstee said: “At George H Carnall we have worked really hard with key partners to come up with an innovative and exciting opportunity that will complement the refurbished Urmston Leisure Centre.

“We’re absolutely delighted therefore to be able to announce that the Manchester Giants will be making this site their home, and bringing with them their great track record of engaging with schools and the wider community alongside affordable residential homes and health hub.

“Taken together, these two opportunities represent an investment in excess of £45m in the local M41 community. This is a great example of public sector funding attracting significant private sector investment.

“We believe both developments will provide a great mix of facilities to help improve health and wellbeing among our residents.”

The proposals follow the planned redevelopment of Urmston’s 1990s leisure centre, which will be carried out by Willmott Dixon.

The project, designed by architect 5plus, will be discussed at the council’s planning committee next week, with a recommendation to approve. Additions to the original building include a café, three studios, a party room, fitness suite, and changing facilities.

At Wednesday’s council meeting, Anstee added proposals for other leisure centres in the borough, including Altrincham and Sale, would be presented “in due course”.

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What constitutes ‘key worker’ regarding the affordable housing?

By Lynne Chatterton

I live very close by and object to this duevto the increase if traffic we already have too much congestion due to the Trafford centre and event city

By Lorraine Remmert

are there any giants living in Manchester?

By Russell Bolton

Good for Urmston and Trafford as a whole.
Rubbish about the Traffic comment.
There’s much busier roads around Trafford than Bowers ave.

By Dave D

So judging by the ‘nurses, social workers, teachers and police officers’ comment a ‘key worker’ is defined as a Public Sector worker?

By Daniel

So Traffords way of providing affordable homes so local people cant buy them, in other words. as proposed as part of the UA92 campus in Stretford, and the former B&Q site, also in stretford. its ok if you have a decent wage and secure job, welcome to trafford. if you dont…no more housing for you.

By montonian

Daniel – ‘key worker’ is a Govt definition as set out in planning policy PP3 published in 2000, and was amended in 2004 Key Worker Living scheme. It includes anyone “working in the public sector in a frontline role delivering an essential public service in health, education and community safety in an area with serious recruitment and retention problems”. Full list of precise job roles can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_worker

By MancLad

@montonian, as it should be.

By Hard working home owner

It’s 1980’s not 90’s. Went here every week with school in the late 80’s.

By Vic

Keyworkers are people society cannot function effectively without.So Nurses,Teachers,Social Workers,Doctors,Police officers,Fire brigade,paramedics.

By Elephant

Money would be better spent on repairing pot holes, improvingngrass verges and pavements in Davyhulme East

By Janice Pierce

Who ever commented saying not much traffic around Bowers avenue you have the wrong leisure centre it is lostock road

By Lorraine Remmert

How on earth does the council expect to accommodate a further influx of traffic in this already daily gridlocked area of Urmston. Absolutely ridiculous proposal.

By S Johnson

Lynne – it’s a commonly used phrase with an accepted meaning, there’s nothing to wonder about: https://www.google.co.uk/search?safe=vss&ei=jndzWp7aC4fFgAaR64qwAQ&q=key+worker+housing+definition&oq=key+worker+housing+definition&gs_l=psy-ab.3…7344.10702.0.11011.….0…1.1.64.psy-ab..17.0.0….0.x5bE_2jrDmU

By Sten

How far across the back of the field will this project extend ?

By Ann royle