WORK has officially started on an £11million, all-new Washington Leisure Centre, which is scheduled for completion next summer.
Sunderland City councillors Harry Trueman and John Kelly joined representatives from contractor Pellikaan and architects Watson Batty to witness day one of the construction.
The new centre, being built on land behind the current facilities, will feature two hydro slides, a six-lane, 25-metre pool and learner pool with leisure features. It will also have six, 3G, five-a-side football pitches and a multipurpose hall that can accommodate trampoline training to an international standard.
Coun Kelly, portfolio holder for public health, said: “The current leisure centre was great when it was built, but it has reached the end of its natural lifespan and this investment will secure new, high quality facilities for generations to come. I think the 3G, floodlit, five-a-side football pitches will be especially popular because they’re something new for the leisure centre. But we’re also going to have two slides compared to the one that is there now, a gym twice the size of what we have already and a 100-space car park.”