First look at new leisure centre design as contract is awarded.

We are so excited to announce that the contract to design, build and manage the new leisure centre has been awarded to Parkwood Leisure Ltd.

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2020 and be completed by Autumn 2022.

The design of the new centre will include:

  • 25m eight-lane pool and 20m four-lane learner pool, both with movable floors, spectator seating and competition timing system
  • sports hall with four courts, suitable for various sports
  • a large gym
  • three exercise studios, two with virtual technology
  • Devon’s first endless ski slope for indoor skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing
  • indoor soft play and outdoor play area,
  • a new reception area and cafe serving both the leisure and tennis centre with a view of the pools, ski area, sports hall and play areas

Parkwood will be sub-contracting the contract to its subsiduary company, Lex Leisure.

The new leisure contract is also good news for Ilfracombe as the existing swimming pool and fitness centre are included in the 20 year operating contract.

 

The new artificial grass pitch is ready

Tarka AGP 3.9.19

We’re very excited to announce that our new artificial grass pitch (AGP) will be opening to the public on Monday 9 September.

It is the only full sized, floodlit artificial grass pitch in North Devon and Torridge licensed with the Football Association (FA) for formal match play and has been built following successful bids from the Premier League, FA Facilities Fund, North Devon Council Capital Funding and Devon County Council Investing in Devon Funding.

Devon County FA are working in partnership with the council and our leisure operator, LEX Leisure to run some very exciting new leagues. 

Any clubs wishing to host formal matches on the pitch will be offered a discounted price.  There is currently availability for teams to play on Saturday afternoons and all day on Sundays:

  • £60 for 11v11 matches (2 hour slot)
  • £35 for youth 9v9 matches (90 minute slot)
  • £20 for youth 7v7 matches (1 hour slot) and £10 for youth 5v5 matches (1 hour slot).

Midweek training slots are already heavily booked but there is still availability for 9-10pm on Monday and Tuesday, 6-7pm on Wednesday and 5-7pm on Friday, please call or email Tarka Tennis Centre for more details.

To make a booking, contact LEX Leisure, by emailing tarka@lexleisure.org.uk or calling 01271 377701 to discuss availability.

Work on Barnstaple’s new artificial grass pitch has reached the halfway mark

Work to build the new Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Tarka Tennis Centre is now 50% complete, and a completion date of 13 September has been announced.

The new full-size floodlit AGP will be the only full-sized artificial pitch in North Devon and Torridge licensed with the Football Association (FA) for formal match play.

We’ve been blown away by the response from the number of clubs looking to train at the venue and the majority of midweek evening training slots are already fully booked.  Don’t panic though, as there is still some availability, especially in the 9pm-10pm slots and at the weekends.  So any groups who are still keen to book a slot are being urged to email sports@northdevon.gov.uk.

The other great news is that an exciting new North Devon Youth League is being planned for under 18s 9-a-side matches.  Matches will be played once a fortnight on Friday evenings and the league will be affiliated to the Devon FA.

The league organisers are looking for a minimum of four and a maximum of eight teams to join initially.  Players can be from under 18s, under 17s and under 16s year bands. Anyone interested in putting a team forward for the league can contact Pete Evans at evansandevans2@aol.com or telephone 01237 238325. 

The project has been made possible following successful funding bids to The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund and Devon County Council. Funding has also been allocated by North Devon Council using S106 funding (money paid by developers as part of the planning conditions of planning applications).

We’ll update you with more photos as work progresses.

 

Sport England funding success!

We are so excited to announce that we’ve been awarded £1.75m of National Lottery funding from Sport England towards our project for a new pool and leisure facilities.

With this funding in place we have now requested final tenders from the leisure operators who are currently vying for the contract to design, build and manage the new leisure centre at Seven Brethren.

We have asked for tenders to include a minimum of a 25 metre eight-lane pool, learner pool, sports hall, fitness suite and exercise studios on land adjoining the tennis centre. The exact design and final mix of facilities will be determined by the leisure operator who wins the contract, as long as they meet our minimum requirements.

The contract will also include operating Tarka Tennis Centre and Ilfracombe Pool and Fitness Centre for the next 20 years. We expect to select the successful leisure operator the next month, so watch this space!

Work has started on our new AGP

We’re really excited to start work on our new Artificial Grass Pitch (AGP) at Tarka Tennis Centre.

The new pitch will be floodlit and will be the only full-sized artificial pitch in North Devon and Torridge licensed with the FA for formal match play. Work should take about 16 weeks to complete, with the pitch opening in September.

The full pitch surface measures 100m x 64m for 11-a-side games and has the flexibility to be split in half using a movable net, providing space for two nine-a-side teams to play. The pitches can also be halved again to allow four adult 5/6-a-side or youth 7-a-side teams to play. There is also a hard standing area for spectators.

Previously, it was not possible to use both grass pitches behind Tarka Tennis Centre at the same time due to the lack of safe distance between the two. However, the AGP will be located sufficiently away from the remaining grass pitch, allowing both facilities to be used at the same time.

The footpath running adjacent to the Devon County Council Recycling Centre to the Rock Park Iron Bridge is currently fenced off to allow this to be re-aligned around the perimeter of the new AGP, which will be much larger than the grass pitch it has replaced. Walkers and cyclists can use the path along the riverfront behind the Tarka Tennis Centre as an alternative route to Rock Park.

The project has been made possible following successful funding bids to The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund and Devon County Council. Funding has also been allocated by North Devon Council using S106 funding (money paid by developers as part of the planning conditions of planning applications).

We’ll update you with lots of photos as work progresses, in the meantime if your group or club is interested in using the AGP when it opens in September, email sports@northdevon.gov.uk to register your interest.

 

Drone image of the site of the new pitch

Drone image of the site of the new pitch

New pool project receives £1.5m from Coastal Communities Fund

It’s been confirmed that £1.5m is on its way to North Devon, towards a new swimming pool for the district.

We have been successful in our bid for funding from the Coastal Communities Fund towards our project to deliver a new pool and leisure facilities adjoining Tarka Tennis in Barnstaple.

Later this month the council also hopes to be in a position to announce whether its bid for a further £1.75m to Sport England has been successful. With this in place the council will be able to start work on the project later this year.

The exact design and mix of facilities will be developed once the contract has been awarded to an operator, but will include a 25 metre, eight-lane main pool, learner pool, viewing area, sports hall, fitness suite, and exercise studios. The scheme will also include a new artificial grass pitch, whilst retaining one of the grass pitches at Tarka Tennis Centre.

Bid results expected this month

Earlier this month we had approval from Full Council to proceed with our project to construct a new pool and leisure facilities, as long as we are successful in our bids for external funding to support the work.

We should know by the end of this month if our funding applications to Sport England and Coastal Communities Fund have both been successful. If this funding falls into place, we hope to start work on the project later this year.