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Scarborough Leisure Centre

Project value: £7 million

Sector: Leisure and Recreation

Fair payment: 100%

Considerate Constructors Scheme: 43/50

Local spend within 20 miles: 74%

Local labour within 20 miles: 45%

Waste diverted from landfill: 99%

A first-class leisure facility for local people."

Cllr. Tom Fox

Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough

Providing a high quality, multi-use wet and dry leisure complex and new football stadium, on an unused brownfield site, creating a lasting legacy for sport in the region.


As part of the regeneration of a former industrial site in Scarborough, the aim of this project is to provide a high quality, multi-use wet and dry leisure complex including a new football stadium.

Located on a previously unused ‘brownfield’ site, the leisure centre has allowed the council to unlock the potential of the land, creating a new revenue stream without incurring additional costs.

Scarborough Leisure Village provides an eight lane 25-metre Olympic legacy swimming pool, allowing for competitive swimming events. The pool also provides accommodation for 250 spectators.

In addition to the provision of a a fitness centre, the project also delivered an all-weather, FA-graded football pitch and spectator stand, which is now home to the town’s football team, Scarborough Athletic.

During the construction phase, our team welcomed many stakeholders onsite, from the council, local schools, colleges and local charities.

Since opening, retention of leisure centre members has been high, with new members joining to take advantage of the new facilities. The first swimming galas and football matches have taken place and been deemed a success, due to the bright, modern facilities.

The new complex has successfully met the needs of the community and the centre’s tenants, leaving a positive, lasting legacy for sport, health and wellbeing in the region.

This is one of three projects delivered by Willmott Dixon that have transformed Weaponess park in the town and redeveloped derelict brownfield sites. The others being a new University Technical College and satellite campus for Coventry University, both of which were delivered through our National Major Works framework.

The site was constrained on three sides by high voltage cables, which provide power to the whole of Scarborough and Whitby. This presented a logistical and safety challenge before any construction work was undertaken, to mitigate risk of disruption or injury.

The wider project involved the engagement of multiple stakeholders including Sport England, the Football Association and local sports clubs such as a disabled swimming group.

Managing the disparate needs of the stakeholders and accommodating their requirements was one of the major challenges on the project.

Together, we have delivered a fit-for-purpose, high quality sporting and leisure facility which has met the needs of the client, the tenant and the local community.

By developing previous unused land, we have enabled the council to use their estate effectively to drive revenue, support the wider regeneration agenda and improve health and well-being for their residents.


Fair payment


Considerate Constructors Scheme


local spend within 20 miles

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