Uncertainty around a reopening date for Sheringham’s Splash Leisure Centre means that the date for its demolition has been brought forward.
North Norfolk District Council has decided to use the hiatus brought about by covid-19 restrictions on swimming pools and other leisure facilities to get work started before its replacement has opened.
By reprogramming the works, several months can be saved and the whole project has been fast-tracked in the hope it will be open in the summer.
The restrictions of social distancing, enhanced cleansing and the interruptions of intermittent lockdowns, that has been increasingly challenging and the council said that the costs and resources needed to remobilise the facility after the current lockdown are not justified.
Virginia Gay, portfolio holder for leisure, wellbeing and culture said: “Getting the new leisure centre all completed in time for the main summer season would be a fantastic way of celebrating the hopeful return to normality after such a long period of time.
“Maintaining the provision of swimming, sport and fitness facilities at the Splash site has been a priority for the council since the inception of the new leisure centre. The new facility was designed to be built at the front of the Splash site in order to ensure there was continual access to such facilities for local people. That approach, however, did mean that the car parking provision for the new centre would be compromised for the first few months of its operation; but this was considered to be a worthy sacrifice to avoid a temporary loss of this valuable asset. Given that the Splash now seems unlikely to be used to any great extent during the run up to the completion of the new leisure centre, it makes perfect sense to make best use of that time to bring forward the completion date.”
The new Sheringham Leisure Centre will have a six-lane, 25m main pool, a 13m x 8m learner pool with moveable floor, a splash pad with water play features and two community rooms. There will be a café area on the ground floor with spectator viewing into the pool and upstairs there will be a health and fitness suite, a dance/activities studio and a spinning studio.
The name and logo for the new Leisure Centre will be revealed in the coming months as the building nears completion. Anyone interested in tracking the progress on site can view the time lapse video hosted on the council’s website.