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Final seal of approval given for new leisure centre in Workington

13 November 2014

Members of Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive have given the go ahead for work to start on a new swimming pool and leisure centre in Workington.

At a meeting this morning [Wednesday 12 November], they approved the final design, voted to accept £1.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund, and signed off the total cost to the Council of £9.5 million.

Now the Executive’s final approvals are in place, contractors are due to be mobilised on the Brow Top site, close to Workington town centre, on Wednesday 26 November, with the diggers moving in on Monday 8 December.

Councillor Michael Heaslip, Portfolio Holder for Locality Services, said: “We had three options when it came to the future of the current leisure centre at Moorclose in Workington which is reaching the end of its useful life. One was to shut it completely and not replace it. Another option was to refurbish what is already on its last legs, and spend more and more. Spending £5 million would only prolong its life for five more years. Or we could build new, state-of-the-art facilities, which cost less to run than the centre we have already. To me it’s a no brainer. We need this new leisure centre.”

Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, added: “This is a brilliant concept and, thanks, to the fact it has an eight lane swimming pool, there is nothing like it in Cumbria. Now we have to deliver it on time and on budget.”

Work is also underway to encourage more local contractors to get involved in the construction of the swimming pool and leisure centre. Council officers and the wider project team have already held a ‘meet the buyer’ event and more are being planned. Cumbrian firms are also being contacted directly to encourage them to tender for the work. Under the terms of the contract, 30% of the build budget should be spent within a 10 mile radius, 50% within 20 miles and 75% within 40 miles.

There is also a commitment to arrange visits to the site for hundreds of schoolchildren, as well as apprenticeships and work placements during the construction period. A minimum of one new business will also be created during the build process.

 

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