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Sunderland’s Crowtree Leisure Centre all-but-gone

Cleared out... all of the interior fixtures and fittings of Crowtree Leisure have been removed, leaving only the roof structure.

Cleared out... all of the interior fixtures and fittings of Crowtree Leisure have been removed, leaving only the roof structure.

THIS is all that remains of a much-loved Sunderland city centre landmark.

Crowtree Leisure Centre has been almost entirely demolished as part of the new Magistrates’ Square development.

Watch a video of the leisure centre being demolished

Over the road, the former Brogan’s and Privilege nightspots have also been razed to the ground as part of the new £13million “gateway” development.

In its heyday, Crowtree was one of the busiest leisure centres in Britain.

Though campaigners fought to save the centre, falling visitor numbers were partly responsible for its closure as part of plans to transform that corner of the city.

Magistrates’ Square is under construction as part of the realignment of St Mary’s Way. The work began in May and it is hoped the development will be complete by the end of 2014.

It will feature two artworks as its centrepiece – Propellers of the City and The Keel Line – to celebrate Wearside’s industrial and shipbuilding heritage, along with water features, landscaping, street furniture and space for cafe culture-style entertainment.

It’s expected that the Crowtree Leisure Centre site, which first opened its doors back in 1977, will be used for an extension to The Bridges.

However, the works have caused some disruption, including the relocation of the Londonderry taxi rank, which is costing cabbies custom.

Council bosses say a temporary rank will be set up on High Street West before a permanent rank is established close to the Empire Theatre.

 

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