Plans push ahead for new £11million Washington Leisure Centre

Washington Leisure Centre
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THE rebuilding of Washington Leisure Centre comes a step nearer reality when council bosses consider the appointment of a contractor for the scheme.

Councillors are being asked to appoint Pellikaan Construction as preferred bidder for the replacement leisure centre at their meeting on Wednesday, June 19.

The £11million funding for the centre was first announced at part of Sunderland City Council’s £60million capital programme earlier this year.

Proposed facilities include a six-lane 25m pool and a learner pool including two water slides, a four-court sports hall and sauna and steam rooms.

Councillor John Kelly, the council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture said: “I think the new Washington Leisure Centre promises to be a fantastic replacement for the current building which is coming to the end of its natural life.”

It is proposed the centre will be built next to the existing Washington Leisure Centre, which will be demolished once the new facility is opened in 2015.

The new centre will also have a number of disabled car parking spaces. If appointed, Pellikaan is also looking at the possibility of removing the existing high level walkways around the site.

Since 2004, £60million has been invested in new and improved sport and leisure provision ensuring each of the five areas of the city has a public access pool, wellness centre and sports hall as a minimum.