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Construction of new Winchester sport and leisure park reaches milestone

Leader of the Winchester City Council Lucille Thompson has paid a visit to Winchester’s developing Sport and Leisure Park. The site, at Garrison Ground, has completed the external structure which is a major step towards the aim of completion by early 2021.

The construction started in March 2019 after the centre was approved the month before. The centre plans to include a multiple pools, a hydrotherapy suite, fitness suites, treatment rooms and a sports hall.

Everyone active, operator of Winchester’s River Park Leisure Centre, is also going to operate this centre and they are developing programmes to ensure a wide range of activities 

During his visit to the site Cllr Thompson said, “This is an exciting milestone in the delivery of Winchester district’s fantastic new leisure park. The building is being constructed with exacting eco-credentials to ensure it meets the highest green standards possible for a building of its kind. We have also been able to support 20 young apprentices to gain valuable skills on site. On completion in early 2021, we want this centre to inspire all of our residents to get active and enjoy its state of the art sports and leisure facilities.”

The site spans 9,000 square metres and more than 80,000 people-hours have been worked during the construction. The building of the centre will now continue as the completed pools are being tested for water tightness and external cladding is being erected.

Members from Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and the University of Winchester were amongst others signing their names on the new build to celebrate the landmark.

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