BAM Construction has got through the first stage of a two-stage procurement process, using the regional ‘YORbuild’ procurement framework.
The council will continue to work with BAM to meet stage two requirements, with a contract expected to be signed later this year.
The sports centre will be built on Spring Grove car park, Springwood, Huddersfield.
Cllr Jean Calvert, Kirklees Council cabinet member for communities, said: “Whilst the process has been thorough and taken quite a while to get to this stage, I’m delighted that we now have BAM has the preferred contractor.”
BAM project and construction director John Phillips said: “We very much value the opportunity to work with Kirklees Council and are pleased to be building again in Huddersfield where we most recently delivered the Business School for the university, for which we’ve also delivered several other projects. As a community-minded contractor, this is a great building to be delivering because it means so much to the people around it. We’re sure that it will be an impressive building and it sits well with our other leisure sector projects in Yorkshire such as the City Varieties and the Leeds Arena, and we’re looking forward to making an early start.”
The new centre includes a 25-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, two sports halls, a climbing wall, squash courts, a fitness suite, a café and children’s area. It will also include a leisure water facility, with a beach, flume, sidewinder and other water features.
The sports centre will be owned by the council but managed by Kirklees Active Leisure. It will replace the Southgate sports centre, which is coming to the end of its life and will close once the new centre is up and running.