Major leisure centre revamp delayed as council discovers 'unforeseen complications'

This project aims to create a vibrant community hub
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The major redevelopment project to transform East Riding Leisure Goole into a dynamic leisure and community venue, known as the Goole Hub, has been delayed.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has confirmed that unforeseen structural, mechanical and electrical complications discovered during intensive investigations following the building's closure in December have caused an unavoidable delay.

The centre, located on North Street in Goole, was initially set to open its doors in summer 2025. However, due to these complications, the council now anticipates a public opening until early 2026.

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A council spokesperson said: "We are committed to this project and we are working diligently behind the scenes with our contractors to address these issues. Preparatory work will continue on the site, paving the way for the main demolition and construction activities which are now set to begin later this year.

"Despite this setback, the council assures residents that the delay will not compromise the quality or features of the project which will be delivered. We would like to thank the Goole community for its patience and understanding while we bring this exciting project to fruition."

The aim of this project is to create a vibrant community hub that will cater to the needs of Goole residents for years to come. The plans include over 1,600 square metres of new space featuring a central food court, library, customer service centre, tag active area, ten-pin bowling alley, soft play area, new learner pool with a health suite and expanded gym and fitness facilities.

Goole Library and the town's customer service centre, currently located on Carlisle Street, are set to be relocated to this new hub.

While East Riding Leisure Goole remains shut, the council has assured that gym facilities, group exercise classes, and health programmes will continue at the Goole College site on Boothferry Road. In addition, the council plans to work closely with local schools to ensure their swimming lesson programme continues at alternative venues.