Aerial View of The Highlight Leisure Centre Hartlepool

Construction is underway on Hartlepool’s landmark new leisure facility, officially known as Highlight. The development designed by GT3 Architects marks a significant transformation of a historic site along Hartlepool’s waterfront and the replacement of the aging Mill House Leisure Centre nearby.

A Site Rich in History

The site of Highlight has a vibrant industrial past. For decades, sawmills and timber yards operated here, their presence marked by railway sidings extending along the waterfront. Remnants of this rail infrastructure are still visible in some areas.

Later, the area became known as Jackson’s Landing, a popular destination for designer outlet shopping during the 1990s and early 2000s. Unfortunately, the site fell into disuse and disrepair, becoming an eyesore for the town.

A Bright Future: Highlight

Highlight Leisure Centre which is due to open in Autumn 2025 promises a dynamic revitalisation of this historic waterfront area. The state-of-the-art facility, designed alongside a public plaza, will offer a range of leisure activities, breathing new life into this section of Hartlepool. Recent photos taken by TeesPix.Photos show piling works taking place on the site to form the foundations of the new building, with construction company Wates Group leading the project.

Exciting Features Revealed

Councillor Mike Young, Leader of Hartlepool Borough Council said “It is going to be a truly eye-catching building with a range of fantastic facilities. There will be a real focus on family fun and it will provide so many benefits for residents of Hartlepool, whilst also attracting visitors from further afield.”

Highlight Leisure Centre will boast an impressive array of facilities:

  • A 25m 8-lane main pool for serious swimmers and competitions
  • A 25m 4-lane learner pool with a movable floor for varying depths
  • A leisure pool with thrilling race slides, water play features, and spectator seating
  • A 100-station gym equipped with the latest fitness gear
  • Flexible, interconnected studios for group exercise classes
  • A dedicated indoor cycling studio for spinning enthusiasts
  • Active and soft play areas to keep children entertained
  • A party room for celebrations
  • A cafe for socialising and refreshments
  • An NHS consultation suite for community health services
  • Spacious external terraces for enjoying the waterfront views

Replacing a Local Institution

Highlight effectively replaces the Mill House Leisure Centre, situated roughly half a mile away. Mill House has served Hartlepool residents for many years. However, the facility has grown increasingly outdated, making the transition to a modern facility a necessity.

Community Benefits

Highlight Leisure Centre is more than just a sports complex; it’s an investment in Hartlepool’s future. The project signifies the town’s commitment to health, sport, and community. Its construction is expected to create new jobs and stimulate economic activity within the town. Moreover, the facility will provide a vibrant gathering place for residents, fostering a stronger sense of community.

The project represents an exciting new chapter for Hartlepool. With its unique blend of historical charm and modern amenities, Highlight promises to become a cherished community asset and a revitalisation catalyst for the waterfront.

Last Updated on 21 March 2024