Construction begins on £26m Dover District Leisure Centre
PUBLISHED: 13:07 05 October 2017
A ground breaking ceremony was held on the site in Whitfield
The start of construction of the new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre has been formally marked with a ground breaking ceremony at the 2.1 ha site in Whitfield.
Council chairman Sue Chandler and cabinet member for property, Trevor Bartlett, were joined at the event on Thursday by Andy Couves of Sport England, Dan Brenchley, project manager for BAM Construction UK, along with the Project Advisory Group and consultant team.
The new centre is set to include a competition standard, eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, a learner pool, four court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, fitness gym, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb wall, and a café.
There will also be two outdoor 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football, landscaping and a minimum of 250 parking spaces, with chiefs hoping to open the facility in early 2019.
Cllr Bartlett said: “Today marks the culmination of two years of detailed planning. We’re proud to be investing in leisure facilities alongside Sport England.
“Their support and funding, along with pre-construction design input from BAM Construction and the work of the Project Advisory Group, has been pivotal to the development of plans for a leisure centre that is fit for the future.”