LEISURE chiefs are driving forward plans to build a new pool and sports centre in Washington.
Sunderland City Council is now hunting for a construction firm to build the new Washington Leisure Centre, with work expected to begin next January.
Councillor John Kelly, the City Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “Plans to re-build the Leisure Centre are moving forward. We hope to be in a position to appoint a preferred bidder this summer, with a view to work starting on site in January next year.”
The centre will be built on the site of the Washington Wheeled Sports Park.
The park will move to another location within Princess Anne Park. It will temporarily close from today for approximately 19 weeks to allow relocation work.
It is hoped that the relocated wheeled sports park will re-open in early July.
Coun Kelly said: “The relocation of the skatepark means that we can go ahead with building the new leisure centre before the old one closes, which is good news for leisure centre users.
“We’re hoping the relocated skatepark will be ready in time for the schools breaking up for the summer holidays.”
The council said the present Washington Leisure Centre is an ageing facility which is coming to the end of its economic life.
The new Washington Leisure Centre building is set to open in 2015.