WASHINGTON’S £11million leisure centre is under starter’s orders.
The centre, which will feature two water flumes together with a six-lane 25metre pool and learner pool with interactive water features, will open on Monday, June 1.
“The new centre will be a real asset for the area.”Neil Revely, Sunderland City Council’s Executive Director of People Services
The new centre has been built next to the old Washington Leisure Centre, which will be demolished once the new facility is open, allowing work to start on the car park and outdoor pitches.
Parts of the old leisure centre will begin to close from Wednesday, May 13,to allow for staff training and testing the new facility and the old centre will close entirely from Sunday, May 17.
Invited individuals and groups will be able to get a sneak peek at the new centre between Monday, May 18, and Sunday, May 31, as part of testing’.
Neil Revely, Sunderland City Council’s Executive Director of People Services, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the new Washington Leisure Centre taking shape over the last few months with all the excellent facilities it has to offer.
“The new centre will be a real asset for the area. It’s also an important part of our continuing commitment to physical activity, sport and leisure and the work we’ve been involved in for some time to encourage more people to be more active.”
The new centre has been built by Design and Build contractor Pellikaan Construction which specialises in sports and leisure centres.
It will also boast a multi purpose hall that can accommodate trampoline training to an international standard, a soft play area across two levels and a gym twice the size of the existing one.
Other features include a four-court sports hall, two glass backed squash courts, sauna and steam rooms.