BAM gets go-ahead for £26m Dover leisure centre

Aaron Morby 9 months ago
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Dover council has approved plans to build a £26m replacement leisure centre in the Whitefield area of the town.

Contractor BAM Construction will start work on the 2.1ha site later this month with a planned opening early in 2019.

Once complete the existing 40-year-old Dover Leisure Centre on Townwall Street will be demolished.

At the heart of the centre would be an eight-lane 25m county-standard competition swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, as well as a learner pool with a moveable floor to allow for varying depths of water.

DOVER 3D - Pool interior 4-rev 3

The leisure centre designed by GT3 architects will provide the only lane-swimming pool serving Dover, Deal and Sandwich, and the surrounding rural communities.

Other facilities proposed include a four court sports hall, two outdoor artificial five-a-side football pitches, a clip ‘n’ climb climbing wall, a 120-station health and fitness gym, two squash courts, three multi-activity studios, one spin studio, a sauna, steam room and cafe.

Externally there will be 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football, and a minimum of 250 parking spaces.

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