Domes bring 20 new jobs

Work underway at the former Mayfair site.
Work underway at the former Mayfair site.

A UNIQUE sports development is on track to open this December with recruitment about to begin for 20 jobs.

The inflatable sports domes, in Hartlepool’s Tees Road, will be the first of their kind in the country and are being created as part of a £7m development which will also see the Mayfair Centre re-developed and 244 new houses.

Seaton Leisure, the company behind the state-of-the-art project, has announced recruitment is about to begin for a number of sports and leisure related roles at the development, which is due to open on December 12th.

Initially they are recruiting for around 20 jobs but when it opens there will be at least 30 jobs.

Roles include assistant sports and leisure management roles, sales advisors, reception, bar and waiting staff plus a range of other customer liaison positions.

The ambitious project will see two domes erected, which developers say have never been seen in this country before but are extremely popular in America, where they are used successfully for a range of sporting activities.

The domes are currently being shipped across from America and people driving past the site should be able to see them inflated over the coming weeks.

The largest dome will be able to house six five-a-side football pitches while the second dome is aimed primarily at golfers and will include a putting course, golf simulators, chipping green, indoor driving range and a shop.

The domes are made of a durable polyvinyl material and once the structure is in place they will be filled with air to maintain the pressure and to ensure a constant, comfortable temperature whatever the weather.

Brian Morton, of Seaton Leisure, said: “We are on target to be open on December 12 and I am very pleased with how the work is going.

“We could have done with a little less rain but apart from that we are on schedule.

“This recruitment drive is a fabulous boost for the town and we are looking for people for a range of jobs, both full and part-time.

“From day one there will be at least 30 jobs at the site.”

The existing Mayfair Centre building at the site will also be transformed into a state-of-the-art gymnasium with membership for around 2,000 people.

It will include a sensory room, to stimulate disabled children, and an interactive room aimed specifically at youngsters.

There will also be conference and banqueting facilities available at the centre.

The scheme will also see 244 new houses being built, in partnership with Persimmon Homes, which will be a phased development over the next three years.