Boxing and bowls are back in Brinnington

This NWCH project is a major milestone for Brinnington sports and leisure and is a part of Stockport Council’s wider Brinnington regeneration Masterplan.

The new £6m centre replaces the outdated Lapwing Centre and consists of a 3G football pitch, community rooms for events, a crèche and is already the proud new home for the Brinnington Boxing Club. The project also consists of a bowling green on a separate site.

Successful handover

The project was handed over on time, on budget and to the full satisfaction of the Client. The opening ceremony took place on Friday 2nd March with representatives from local residents,  Stockport Council, Life Leisure and the Contractor, Willmott Dixon all present.

The Leisure Centre is already a great community asset, with a huge uptake within the first opening weekend. 100 new members signed up on the first Sunday alone.

Investing in the local community

Local benefits were maximised during construction, with local supply chain partners being used and engaging with local schools to promote careers and work experience opportunities within the construction industry.

Willmott Dixon capitalised on its excellent relationship with the community to provide:

  • 86 apprentice weeks
  • 4 work placements
  • 86% of our supply chain was from the North West

Local primary schools such as Westmorland were liaised with to help students paint their planters as part of their art curriculum and to create shelters called ‘bug hotels’ to encourage pollinating insects to take refuge over the winter.

Upskilling hard to reach groups

Through close working with the The Royal Marines Charity, Willmott Dixon were able to place Gary Dearden on to the NWCH Brinnington project. Gary is currently a Marine who is due to be released in March on medical grounds. As part of his discharge regime, the Marines have funded additional training for Gary to complete an APMP in Project Management. Gary has been completing work experience on our site and we have supported him to gain additional training including his SMSTS, funded by Willmott Dixon. Gary now has a full time role with us as Trainee Build Manager.

Management Trainee Opportunities

Jack Hagan is currently a management trainee. He worked alongside the site team at Brinnington leisure. Jack gained his 3 year apprenticeship through the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Willmott Dixon are supporting his Construction Project Management Degree at Salford University.

“My aims for the future are to complete my degree in two years’ time to a minimum 2:1 standard and I want to further my education and become a MCIOB. I will then be on site full time to put the studying into good practice”.  Jack Hagan

“The new sports centre will create high quality, affordable facilities, accessible to everyone. This significant investment demonstrates the Council’s commitment to the future of Brinnington.”  Shelia Bailey, Member for Communities, Stockport Council

“The Brinnington Park Leisure Complex will be a destination facility for the area – providing much needed career, leisure, health and wellbeing opportunities. We hope that our integration into Brinnington and our provision of state-of-the-art facilities will encourage residents to become more active.”  Malcolm McPhail, CEO at Life Leisure




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