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Construction of £26m Dover leisure centre to begin this month

PUBLISHED: 15:40 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:40 11 September 2017

New Dover Leisure Centre

New Dover Leisure Centre

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Council bosses hope the facility will be open by early 2019

Construction of Dover’s new £26m leisure centre will begin within weeks.

The district council’s cabinet gave final approval for the project at a special meeting on Monday, and awarded a contract to BAM Construct UK to build the new facility.

Located on a 2.1 hectare site in Whitfield, facilities at the centre are set to include a new eight-lane pool, learner pool with moveable floor, four-court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, gym, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb and café.

Bosses say the project to replace the current 40-year-old Dover Leisure Centre represents a major investment in the district’s sport and leisure facilities and is supported by Sport England with a National Lottery award of £1.5m from its Strategic Facilities Fund.

An announcement on the tender to manage the new leisure centre will be made in the coming weeks with plans to open the facility by early 2019.

Council leader Paul Watkins said: “This is a major investment in the health and well-being of the district.

“We are grateful for the support of Sport England in developing these exciting proposals, and would like to thank the many stakeholders, local sports clubs and individuals who have contributed ideas.

“We look forward to delivering a 21st century leisure centre fit for the district.”

Charles Johnston, property director for Sport England, said: “We’re delighted that we’re able to provide National Lottery funding to help create this superb new leisure centre for the community in Dover.

“It will offer visitors a great experience, which is crucial in encouraging people to live more active and healthy lives.”

Daniel Brenchley, project manager, BAM Construct UK, added: “Having built in Dover recently, it’s particularly satisfying to return especially to create something that so many people will enjoy using.

“Our work in this beautiful county is extensive, as is our knowledge of the local supply chain and the community.

“We’ll bring our customary skills, expertise and collaborative attitude to this important and landmark scheme.”

The existing Dover Leisure Centre on Townwall Street will stay open until the new leisure centre is completed.

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