Stone’s New Leisure centre “Tops out”

Martin Pallett, Principal Surveyor for developers Willmott Dixon, Councillor Farrington and Councillor Mike Smith, Deputy Leader of the Council and Leisure portfolio holder.

The topping out ceremony for a multi million pound new leisure centre in Stone took place on Tuesday this week.

The Stone Leisure Centre on the town’s Westbridge Park is expected to open next spring.

‘Topping out’ traditionally refers to the installation of the final piece of the roof on a building.

Leader of Stafford Borough Council, Patrick Farrington, marked the occasion by laying the last shovel of ballast on the roof of the centre.

The centre will bring a six lane, 25 metre swimming pool, gym and fitness studios, under one roof. It is part of an around £10 million leisure investment for the town and replaces the outdated sports centre currently on the site.

A masterplan for recreational and leisure facilities for the park was recently revealed following consultation with residents, schools, businesses and organisations in the area.

Councillor Farrington, said:

“It is great to be able to see the progress of the work and to know that we are on track to open next spring.

“This is part of a significant investment in the future of Stone and I am proud that we are reversing a national trend that has seen local authority leisure centres and swimming pools being closed, or under threat of closure, to save money.

“By next spring we will have delivered a brand new leisure centre that people want, with the facilities under one roof, without burdening local tax payers.”

The swimming pool at Alleyne’s Academy in Stone is used by the school under a shared agreement with the local authority. It is only available to the public outside school hours. Sports facilities at the ‘Academy’ will still be part of the community leisure offer.

For more details on the masterplan for Westbridge Park go to