Project Description

Wigan Life Centre is a mixed use multi-million pound leisure and public services complex, which will enable the local community access to new council, health and leisure services in the heart of the local community.

A community of spaces grouped around a central organising hub, Wigan Lifestyle Centre will revitalise the town’s civic heart. The Wigan Life Centre is a complex build on the site of an existing development with different street levels and basements. To maintain Wigan’s historic heritage the existing 1900 and 1930’s extension listed terracotta façade was retained to three sides of the building.

The multi-functional building is designed to offer the local community health, fitness, education and general information facilities under one roof. The development is separated into two clear zones; The North Site houses the Information and living Zone and the South Site include the Healthy Living Zone.

The 14,563m2 Healthy Living Zone houses a 25 metre public swimming pool with moveable floor and separate learning pool. The 5,358m2 Learning Zone comprises a central library with separate children’s and teenage libraries, open-plan administration offices and piazza. Also included is a 1224m2 One-Stop-Shop for all health and social care services which provides a contract point for the council, its housing and leisure partners, the police, the NHS, the fire service and community and voluntary groups.

One Stop Shop1224.079
Neighbourhood Support Services981.986
Leisure Wet3135.342
Leisure Dry1248.344
PCT (Offices)1934.461
HLZ (Offices)5133.775

The construction work for the new facilities created much needed jobs within the area and Morgan Sindall worked closely with Wigan Skills Centre to help local people find work on the scheme.

The project was completed and delivered on 5th December 2011 on time and budget and to Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council’s satisfaction.

In May 2012, Wigan Life Centre won the RICS North West Award for the Best Regeneration Project.


Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council


RICS North West Award for the Best Regeneration Project