The Beswick Community Hub has been built with the intention of making East Manchester a centre for sporting excellence, but its benefits don’t start and end with the extensive sport and leisure opportunities it will provide.
The new facilities that make up Beswick will also offer educational, environmental and economic benefits.
Sport and Leisure Benefits
The Beswick Leisure Centre is one of the primary developments taking place and will offer the community a range of new state of the art facilities including:
- A swimming pool (funded by City)
- A health and fitness suite
- A dance studio
- A rugby pitch
- A range of multi-use spaces including new, much-needed grass sports pitches.
The construction of Connell Sixth Form College, a Bright Futures Educational Trust project, was a necessary addition to the hub as there were previously no sixth form colleges in the area. It is expected that the College will enhance the overall educational opportunities for Manchester’s youth by creating more than 500 spaces for 16-19 year olds that were previously unavailable.
The Beswick Community Hub is an opportunity for East Manchester’s economy to flourish as it introduces countless opportunities for employment and investment.
- The Leisure Centre will create 30 new full and part-time positions
- Connell College will employ 100 administrative and educational staff
- And the upcoming Manchester Institute for Sports Science and Sports Medicine will provide a further 20 positions to the local area when it opens.
In terms of increasing investment into East Manchester, the conversion of the now vacant GMP building into commercial office space, that is also intended to include the House of Sport, and the construction of new retail units will both bring more commercial and employment opportunities to the Eastlands.
As Beswick continues to transform into a booming urban zone that serves as a world class sport and community hub, these economic benefits are expected to grow exponentially.
Taking care of the environment and ensuring sustainability is key to any project taking place today. As a result, the Beswick Community Hub has also been used as an opportunity to rejuvenate and protect the local environment.
The land on which the Beswick Community Hub stands was once polluted by countless years of industrial waste, but all 16 acres (as well as the rest of the 80 acre site, which is home to City Football Academy ) has been remediated. Furthermore, trees and other plant life have been added to the surrounding area to enhance the local environment improving both the beauty and natural health of East Manchester.