A turf cutting ceremony has taken place to officially mark the start of a multi-million pound scheme to transform leisure provision in Berwick.
Work is due to commence on Berwick’s new state of the art £20 million leisure centre which is being funded by Northumberland County Council and will be built on the site of the current Swan Centre in Tweedmouth.
Tolent Construction Limited has been appointed as the official contractor and the centre will be constructed in phases to ensure that the existing Swan Centre continues to operate at all times until new facilities open to replace them. Work on Phase 1, which includes a new swimming pool and fitness suite will start on 6th January 2020 and is due to open in March 2021. The new centre is expected to be fully complete and open to the public in summer 2022.
The new centre will feature a five lane, 25m swimming pool, a teaching pool and leisure pool and spa facilities. There will be a sportshall, indoor bowls, fitness studios, cade and a sensory room. Outside there will be a 3G full-size playing pitch, play park and trim trail and parking for 175 cars.
“This significant investment will create outstanding new facilities for the town and surrounding communities and there is a real sense of anticipation as we mark the start of this work.
The current Swan Centre has million of pounds worth of backlog maintenance issues and is no longer fit for its intended purpose. The landmark new centre will be a focal point not just for local residents but for visitors from further afield and will add to the area’s ever growing tourism offer”.
“One of Active Northumberland’s key aims is to get more people, of all ages involved in physical activity to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This new centre and the facilities within it have been designed with this vision in mind. There will be something for all members of the local community and we hope that it will offer opportunities for more people to be active, more often”.
Berwick’s three County Councillors, Cllrs Georgina Hill, Gragah Roughead and Catherine Seymour have also welcomed the news that work on the new leisure centre has commenced.
For further information on the new centre visit the Active Northumberland website.