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Ready Steady GO! for £26m Dover leisure centre

Contributed by editor on Sep 11, 2017 - 05:20 PM

 

At a special meeting today, (11 September 2017), Dover District Council’s Cabinet gave the go ahead for the construction of a new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre.

 

Construction will start on the 2.1ha site in Whitfield later this month with a planned opening early in 2019.

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.

Following competitive tenders, the Council has awarded a contract to BAM Construct UK Ltd for construction of the new leisure centre. An announcement on the tender to manage the new leisure centre will be made in the coming weeks.

 



The new Dover District Leisure Centre will feature a competition standard eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, learner pool with moveable floor, four court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, fitness gym with 120 stations, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb wall, and a café. The plans also include two outdoor 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football and a minimum of 250 parking spaces.

Cllr Paul Watkins, Leader of Dover District Council, 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.”

 



Charles Johnston, Property Director for Sport England, said: “ It will offer visitors a great experience, which is crucial in encouraging people to live more active and healthy lives.”

The existing Dover Leisure Centre on Townwall Street will stay open until the new leisure centre opens in early 2019.

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