Plans in for new £11million leisure centre

An initial artist's impression of the replacement Washington Leisure Centre
An initial artist's impression of the replacement Washington Leisure Centre
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A PLANNING application for the £11m Washington Leisure Centre has now been lodged.

Located on a site next to the current centre, the new building could open before the existing one closes, subject to the planning process.

Documents for the application can be seen on the planning portal at www.sunderland.gov.uk
Contractor, Pellikaan Construction, which specialises in sports and leisure centres was appointed at the City Council Cabinet meeting in June this year.

Funding for the centre was confirmed as part of the City Council’s £60m capital programme spending earlier this year.

Proposed facilities include:

•A six lane 25m pool and a learner pool including leisure features and two hydro slides

•A four court sports hall

•An additional multi purpose hall designed to accommodate trampoline facilities accommodating the existing club

•Two glass backed squash courts

•Sauna and steam rooms with an additional relaxation area

•Wellness centre with 100 station gym, separate spinning facility, exercise studio and two consultation rooms

•A soft play area on two levels

•Space for refreshments

•Six external 3G small sided football pitches

•Car park including disabled spaces

A display of images for the proposed centre can be seen at the existing centre.

Subject to the application process, and determination before the end of the year, the new Washington Leisure Centre could be open in 2015.

Councillor John Kelly, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “Since 2004 £60m has been invested in new and improved sport and leisure provision across the city.

“Each of the five areas of the city - North, West, East, Coalfield and Washington - has a public access pool, wellness centre and sports hall as a minimum.

“Washington Leisure Centre is an ageing facility and this investment and now planning application is designed to help secure new and high quality facilities for many years to come.”