WIGAN’S multi-million-pound new Life Centre is nearing completion.
On two sites, either side of the town hall, the centre is on final countdown and the first part will be open by the end of the summer.
At the top of the hill in Wigan town centre will be a brand new library and one stop shop for public services – ready for business in the new year.
At the bottom of the hill, the new swimming pools, gymnasium, dance studio and offices for local public services are expected to be open by the end of August.
The council’s champion for customers, Coun Chris Ready, has been on site several times during the construction work.
He said: “This is something for the whole borough to be proud of. We have here a state-of-the-art public service and leisure complex that will be the envy of the whole country.
“It’s taken 10 years – and some choppy economic times – to bring the £217m Life Centre to Wigan. It’s virtually all funded from government credits and private finance.
“The public will soon have the chance to enjoy one of the best pools in the area, plus there’s also a smaller pool for the little ones.
“The sprung floor of the dance studio and Profiles gym will offer superb ways to get fit, keep fit or just have great fun. I was especially impressed with the facilities for the less able, and the attention to detail taken on environmental issues too.”
The current investment in Wigan town centre also includes projects to make Wallgate more attractive for shoppers and visitors, and the very first stage of improvements to the Saddle Junction which are nearly complete. But the ethos of the Life Centre isn’t just confined to Wigan – they already exist in Ince, Atherton, Marsh Green, Platt Bridge and Leigh.