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News release



22 July 2014

Allerdale Borough Council’s development panel has today given its approval to plans to build a new swimming pool and leisure centre in Workington.

The new centre will be erected on land at Brow Top close to the town centre. Building work is due to begin in the Autumn.

The new leisure centre will feature an eight-lane 25 metre swimming pool, and a separate learner pool, as well as a poolside health suite including sauna and steam room. There will also be a state-of-the-art fitness suite, four-court sports hall, two squash courts, two dance studios, a spinning studio and a climbing wall. Outside there will be all-weather five-a-side sports pitches and parking for 319 cars, with a wide public plaza in front of the building.

The leisure centre design features wide expanses of wood, render and glass, giving a bright modern space for people to exercise and play. This modern new attraction will replace the two ageing buildings which house the town’s current swimming pool and sports centre at Moorclose. They date back to the 1970s and are reaching the end of their useful life. They are inefficient both environmentally and in terms of operational costs, and the cost of extending their lifespan for just five additional years would be more than half the cost of building an entirely new centre.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Executive Member for Locality Services, spoke in favour of the plans at today’s meeting. He said: “I am very pleased with the development panel’s decision. This is great news not only for the people of Workington but for all those living in Allerdale borough and beyond. This area has a rich sporting heritage and we need to build on that. This new swimming pool and leisure centre will help us do that. The expansion of the pool to eight lanes means that this will be a regional training facility, there will be a proper climbing wall to complement our fun Clip ‘n Climb facility at The Wave in Maryport, and this centre will be located on the most sustainable site in Workington with the best transport links.

“This is a fantastic opportunity and I am proud that this Council has brought it to fruition after so many years of trying.”

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Allerdale Borough Council
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