Work progressing on new £11million Washington Leisure Centre

Washington's new leisure centre is gradually taking shape.
Washington's new leisure centre is gradually taking shape.
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GYM equipment worth £377,000 will be installed at the new Washington Leisure Centre.

The £11.3million development, due to open next year, will see a new “Wellness Centre” created – double the size of the existing gym.

A range of new stations are needed to fill the space, including cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights and spinning bikes.

While some of the old equipment will be used, any machines deemed to have outlived their use will be replaced.

Cabinet members at Sunderland City Council have agreed to procure and award contracts to provide the equipment, along with a special “green” heating and power system.

In a report presented at the meeting by the council’s portfolio holder for public health, Coun John Kelly said the combined heat and power unit will save an estimated £250,000 in energy costs over a 10-year lease.

Construction on the new centre began in January, alongside the existing facility, which will remain in use until the new indoor centre opens in spring 2015, followed by the outdoor pitches and new car park in October.

“It is progressing as planned and is looking absolutely fantastic,” Coun Kelly said. The centre, designed by architects Watson Batty and built by Pellikaan, will also feature two hydro slides, a six-lane, 25-metre pool and learner pool.