Feb 21, 2019 Last Updated 2:53 PM, Feb 5, 2019

The £10m Horwich Leisure Centre has recently opened its doors to the community

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In 2016, FT Leisure was formally appointed as UK distributor for Myrtha Pools in the UK. Myrtha is a world-renowned manufacturer of pre-fabricated modular stainless steel pool tank and pool ancillaries, with over 22,000 references worldwide. The public swimming pool specialist is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious aquatic centres, for international events such as the Beijing Olympics, London Olympics and the current Rio Olympics.


With over 50 years’ history and product development, FT Leisure had a lot to learn to be able to partner with Myrtha. FT immediately had training at the Myrtha Pool Academy to learn how to build Myrtha’s products, but more importantly, how to meet the company’s quality expectations. With the support of Myrtha’s export department, FT Leisure has started to market the pool tank solution, to complement its existing broad range of swimming pool products and services.

Simon Whittingham, Managing Director at FT Leisure, said: “The Horwich Leisure Centre was our first Myrtha pool installation in a public facility, for a valuable client, Willmott Dixon Construction. We had to get it right. There were a few lessons learned along the way, mainly related to the site and building design, but these were handled with a collaborative project team and resulted in a very successful project.”

The new Horwich Leisure Centre is now open. The £10m development includes a 25m six-lane swimming pool, a separate teaching pool, a 100-station fitness suite, spin and dance studios, a four-court sports hall, changing facilities and a new car park.

The new building has taken just over a year to construct, and is part of a wider investment in Horwich including a new primary school and 3G pitch. The centre has been jointly funded by Bolton Council and Bolton Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), which will also manage the facility. Work was officially completed in November 2017 with the formal handover of the keys to the council.

Cabinet Member for Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: “This is a fantastic new, modern leisure centre. I am delighted that our residents in Horwich and the surrounding area have all these wonderful facilities. We would like to invite everyone to take the opportunity to come and look around the centre, and use it. It will provide first-class facilities and encourage people to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. It is an exciting day for Horwich.”

The modern facilities will encourage more people to take up sports and leisure and help build better links with schools and clubs which will promote healthier habits and reduce anti-social behaviour.

The main contractor for the project was Willmott Dixon Construction and this was FT Leisure’s sixteenth completed project with the construction team. The architect was GT3 Architects. FT Leisure was responsible for the design, supply and installation of the water treatment and filtration systems, the Myrtha pool tanks and associated balance tanks as well as disabled access hoists.

FT Leisure creates safe, enjoyable and functional swimming environments, through innovative products and professional technical services to the commercial, municipal and private swimming pool industries. Its range of services includes the design, manufacture, installation, commissioning, refurbishment and maintenance of water treatment and filtration systems, Myrtha pool technology, movable floors, booms and disabled access platforms, leisure water features and rides, a luxury spa and wellness facilities.

Other recent FT Leisure projects include Etihad Stadium, Birmingham University’s 50m pool and Finlake Holiday Village.

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