New Year date set for demolition of former leisure centre

Published: Fri 23 December, 2022

Contractors will start demolishing Whitwick’s former leisure centre building in the New Year.

Cawarden are expected to be on site at the former Hermitage Leisure Centre from 3 January after a decision by North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) in September.

The work to carefully take down the failing structure will take around 12 weeks, with much of the building’s material recycled during the process.

Demolition facts:

  • The former Hermitage Leisure Centre was decommissioned and made safe in February 2022
  • Demolition will take around 12 weeks
  • Contractors will carefully strip the building of materials
  • Between 85 per cent and 98 per cent of the building materials will be recycled
  • As a result of the amount of materials expected to be recycled, the cost to demolish will be significantly less than the £300,000 originally budgeted.

Nearby residents will be informed of any impacts the project may have on access, but contractors will ensure any disruption is kept to a minimum

The former Hermitage Leisure Centre was closed in February 2022 after the opening of the £22 million Whitwick and Coalville Leisure Centre on Stephenson Way. With the future of the site to be decided, the area will be filled, levelled and secured.

NWLDC is keen to invest in recreational facilities on the wider Hermitage Recreation Ground area, including cycle paths, footpaths, a fishing lake, football pitches and a model railway.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leader of NWLDC, said: “With the decision made to demolish the former leisure centre, it’s important to get this work done as quickly as possible, to prevent the empty building becoming a target for anti-social behaviour and crime. We have aspirations to invest in the Hermitage Recreation Ground and are working up plans to improve the community facilities in the area.”