Celebrations as countdown begins to Memorial Court opening
The countdown is on to the grand unveiling of Northwich’s iconic new entertainment and leisure venue.
With the stage set for the opening of Memorial Court in just a few weeks’ time, a ‘topping out’ ceremony took place yesterday (Wednesday) to celebrate its structural completion.
Council leaders were joined by guests including MP Graham Evans and Simon Barber from the Mid Cheshire Development Board to mark the milestone in the project, which has been delivered by Cheshire West and Chester Council and its contractor Wates Construction.
And a dash of showbiz glamour was added to proceedings courtesy of none other than Dame Wanda – aka local panto star Jay Timms.
The Dame was invited to join the delegates on a tour of the entertainment and leisure facilities which are receiving the finishing touches ahead of the venue’s May 9 opening.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, told the delegates: “When Cheshire West and Chester Council came into being we identified culture as the key catalyst for growth in the borough.
“Thanks to this strategy we are now seeing widespread regeneration – but nowhere is this more apparent than here in Northwich, which is undergoing transformation on an unprecedented scale.
“These fantastic facilities at Memorial Court will complement the cinema, shops and restaurants planned for Barons Quay, the unique heritage attraction at the Lion Salt Works, and the exciting new development we will shortly announce for Moss Farm.
“It is a delight to celebrate the completion of the structural build at today’s ceremony, and I would like to say a special thank you to Dame Wanda for adding a fittingly theatrical flourish to proceedings.”
Memorial Court features a 25-metre six-lane swimming pool with flume, learner pool, 80-station gym, spa/Jacuzzi, 500-person multi-purpose theatre and dance studio.
It also boasts community space, a kitchen and two bars, while outdoors there is a pedestrian plaza and a memorial garden that is home to the relocated memorial stones from Memorial Hall, which formerly occupied the site.
Local Councillor Paul Dolan said: “While not everyone, including me, is particularly fond of the external appearance of the new facility, I only wish the best for its future and hope it is as well used and well regarded by the people of Northwich as the old Memorial Hall was.”