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1 April 2017, 07:31 | Updated: 1 April 2017, 12:10
The new 23-million pound Hart Leisure Centre in Hampshire later is being opened by Two Olympic gold medalists.
The Council has invested more than £23million in the new centre. Everyone Active will be managing the facility on behalf of the Council, and together the two organisations are helping people in Hart to improve their health and wellbeing.
An open day is being held to mark the official unveiling of the new centre. It will be packed full of free events and sports fun, and led by two Olympic gold medalists, Rebecca Adlington OBE and Alex Danson MBE. The duo will join Cllr Tim Southern when he officially cuts the ribbon.
Speaking about the new Leisure Centre, Cllr Tim Southern, Chairman of Hart District Council, said: “I’m very pleased to be showcasing this new leisure centre to our residents. This is an impressive building and the facilities inside are the most modern and state-of-the-art available today. The project is one of the biggest investments the Council has made and it reflects our commitment to health and wellbeing in the District. My thanks to all project partners, especially Everyone Active and Willmott Dixon, for delivering this centre on time and on budget. I look forward to welcoming everyone to the open day in April.”
The open day is an opportunity for visitors to tour the new centre and try out a number of free activities, including gymnastics and group exercise taster sessions, gym challenges, children’s face painting and entertainment, and swim sessions in the three brand new pools.
David Love, Contract Manager at Everyone Active said: “I’m really proud of the new centre and can’t wait to open the doors to the public. While the old centre has served the community fantastically for years and given us some brilliant memories, the new centre is a facility for the whole community to be proud of and enjoy for years to come.
“We want as many people as possible in the community to be part of the opening. It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet some world-class sports stars as well as enjoy the fantastic facilities on offer.”
The centre will host a range of new facilities, including three swimming pools, a 130-station gym, four exercise studios and eight-court sports hall. A variety of additional facilities have also been introduced at the new centre, including a climbing wall, multiple outdoor sports pitches, sauna, steam room and a coffee shop.
Richard Poulter, Deputy Managing Director from Willmott Dixon who built the new leisure centre, said: “We are delighted to be here with the team to celebrate the opening of this fantastic centre. It will provide fantastic facilities for the community for generations to come and we are very proud to have been part of its story so far.”