The start of work on the new Flitwick Leisure Centre was marked with an official ground-breaking ceremony.
A £2 million grant from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund - one of only ten awarded annually - and a formal exchange of land between Central Beds Council and Flitwick Town Council has allowed the new facility to be built next to the current leisure centre.
Work, being carried out by local construction firm SDC, is expected to be completed in early 2016.
The new leisure centre will include an eight lane pool with a separate learner pool and toddler splash area, a four court sports hall, a health and fitness suite, three studios for classes, two squash courts, an indoor climbing wall, a crèche, cafe and a health referral room where people can get wellbeing advice.
Central Beds Council chairman Councillor Caroline Maudlin, who was among dignitaries at the ground-breaking ceremony last Wednesday, said: “Breaking ground is a marvellous milestone for this project and serves as a testament to what can be achieved when we work together in partnership with other authorities and organisations.
Deputy Mayor of Flitwick Town Council Gareth Mackey added: “I am proud to stand with our partner stakeholders and my colleague members to take the first steps in safeguarding this legacy for the future generation of our town.”