WORK has begun on the new multi-million pound Bromsgrove Leisure Centre.
The first ground was broken on Monday (August 15) by Coun Peter Whittaker, portfolio holder for leisure, contracts manager, Ben Shearman and projects manager Steve Cowley.
It is being built next to the existing Dolphin Centre on School Drive which will remain open until the new one opens its doors next year.
Thanks to a £1.5million grant from Sport England the new development will include two swimming pools, one with a moving floor for disabled access, an indoor climbing wall, three fitness studios and a 100-station gym.
Coun Whittaker said: “We’re delighted to take our latest step towards a better Bromsgrove and to improved leisure opportunities for residents across the district.”
Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “We are delighted to offer £1.5million of National Lottery funding to help people in living in Bromsgrove live more active lives.
“With plans for an impressive range of sporting facilities, this new centre will be huge asset for the region.
“I wish the council every success in delivering this first-class facility.”
Morgan Sindall senior contracts manager Ben Shearman said: “This is a great project to be involved with and we’re pleased to get construction started.
“The new leisure centre will offer the people of Bromsgrove a fantastic environment in which to exercise and we’re confident it be well received when it opens towards the end of next year.”
The site will be transformed in four stages starting with the build of the centre. The Dolphin centre will then be demolished so the surrounding car parks can be completed. The current car park will then be made available for redevelopment.