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  • 2020

    completion

  • £17m

    project value

  • 511

    seat theatre

New leisure and cultural centre for Harpenden



HIGHLIGHTS

  • New and revitalised leisure facilities
  • New 92-space car park
  • New 511-seat theatre
  • New 17-metre-long learner pool

Procured through Scape Major Works England and Northern Ireland, part of the Scape National Construction framework, our team of leisure experts will be revitalising, extending and altering an existing swimming pool building in Rothamsted Park. The work will consist of improvements to the main pool, as well as a new 17-metre-long learner pool, a sports hall, dance studios and a larger gym plus new changing rooms, a steam room, sauna and reception area.

Our team will also transform the adjacent sports facility into Harpenden Cultural Centre with a 511-seat theatre, named after comedy legend and former Harpenden resident Eric Morecambe, which will host national and local touring productions.

The project will also include creating a 92-space car park.

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Our continued relationship with St Albans District Council follows a recent successful transformation of the St Albans Town Hall into a museum and art gallery rejuvenating the cultural life of the city. The extension and refurbishment has also created public meeting spaces as well as being a showcase for over 2,000 years of heritage and hosting cutting-edge art exhibitions.

The transformation of the Town Hall was recognised by the Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards in 2018 where it was given the Retrofit for the Future award and commended in the Project of the Year category.

Another key project we built in St Albans back in 2012, was Westminster Lodge.

Chris Tredget, managing director for Willmott Dixon in North London said:

“The team are exceptionally proud of what we created in St Albans with the museum and gallery, which has been an important new attraction for the city. We are keen to make a similar impact with our work in Harpenden to expand its leisure and cultural offerings to local people.”

The works are due to complete in Autumn 2020 and will offer fantastic amenities to enjoy for years to come.