THE INVESTMENT in Bromsgrove’s new leisure centre will increase by £1.5million after full council agreed to accept a lottery grant offer from Sport England.
The cash boost would increase the authority’s £11.5million investment in the new leisure centre to £13million.
The grant offer is subject to a Lottery Funding Agreement. It contains contractual requirements which the cabinet has also recommended to be approved.
The new leisure centre would include the district’s first indoor climbing wall as well as improved swimming pools and fitness facilities.
Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for leisure Coun Rod Laight said: “We’re over the moon.
“We can see the extra funding would make a real difference for a lot of people in our district for years to come, and help this council achieve its wider strategy of improving health and well-being by increasing opportunities and participation in active leisure.”
The funding will enable another 25 per cent gym capacity. The learner pool will also be 50 per cent bigger and there will be enlargements and improvements to several other spaces.
The new centre will be built next to its predecessor, the Dolphin Centre, on School Drive in Bromsgrove.
Once the old centre is demolished, a new car park will be built and the remaining land will be made available for sale and re-development.
Building work is set to commence this spring.
The new leisure facility has has been criticised by some for not including a sports hall.