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Warrington Borough Council (WBC) has announced that Galliford Try has secured the main contract to deliver the £30m second phase of the Orford Park regeneration scheme.

The development is set to include a community sports village, comprising swimming pools, a health and fitness suite and a sports hall, as well as a library, a health centre and a Diploma Centre for 14-19-year-olds. Orford Park aims to transform around 50 acres (20.2 hectares) of a former landfill site and to enhance facilities in adjacent parklands, with work due to be completed in early 2012.

It is hoped the scheme will provide a range of lasting benefits to the local community, which is among the top 7 per cent most disadvantaged areas in the UK. Orford is also a designated Health Improvement Zone. WBC is leading the development in partnership with a number of private, public and voluntary organisations, such as NHS Warrington, The Orford Neighbourhood Project and Warrington Disability Partnership.

Sport England North West Region, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the Football Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund are funding the complex, which aims to attract 2 million visitors each year. WBC leader Ian Marks said: "This project has given us an exciting opportunity to work jointly with partners and other organisations for the benefit of the local community.

"It will create a fantastic facility that will be of great benefit to the people of Orford and Warrington in so many ways for many years to come." Galliford Try Construction North managing director Bob Merriman added: "We look forward to working in partnership with the council and their stakeholders to bring world class leisure and community health facilities to the people of Orford and the wider Warrington community."

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Warrington Borough Council (WBC) has announced that Galliford Try has secured the main contract to deliver the £30m second phase of the Orford Park regeneration scheme.
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