Tameside Wellness Centre

ClientTameside Metropolitan Borough Council
LocationDenton, Greater Manchester
Services

Background

As part of a £20m capital investment in leisure provision, Tameside Council is proposing to build a new Wellness Centre in Denton, to include swimming pools, ten pin bowling, soft play area, café and meeting area, sauna, steam room, community space, gym and studios. We are working with Tameside Council to ensure that a robust pre-application consultation is undertaken in support of the proposals, including hard-to-reach groups. 

Key project information

  • New Wellness Centre to serve the whole borough
  • A large number of stakeholder groups including users of the existing swimming pool, sports clubs, staff of Active Tameside, older and disabled residents
  • Politically sensitive due to the closure of other leisure facilities in the borough

How we assisted

We advised the Council how to undertake best practice consultation in relation to the proposed Wellness Centre that could not be challenged by any residents opposed to the reconfiguration of the Council’s provision of new leisure services. With a large number of different consultees taking an interest in the proposed Wellness Centre, with differing needs, it was vital that Tameside Council did not exclude users from contributing to the design of the centre.

Our team undertook a comprehensive stakeholder mapping exercise to identify likely consultees and the most appropriate consultation methods.  The consultation strategy included consultation events across the borough, one-to-one meetings with site neighbours, an online consultation platform, briefings for Active Tameside employees and bespoke sessions for hard-to-reach groups (such as older residents and people living with a disability).

The consultation ensured that the final designs for the Wellness Centre met the needs of the those who will use it and exceeded Tameside Council’s consultation policy requirements.

Outcome

This project is currently ongoing. A planning application is due to be submitted in autumn 2017.