North East Lincolnshire Council is to push ahead with detailed plans for Grimsby’s new £8.4m leisure facility.
Members of the authority’s Planning Committee met today (July 31) to agree proposals for the construction of a new leisure facility in Grimsby.
The facility will include a 25 metre, eight lane swimming pool with learner pool and associated wet changing facilities, health and fitness suite with studio space and associated ancillary facilities including a café.
The tender for the build of the new facility is likely to be released in the autumn, with construction expected to start in 2014.
Following a public consultation earlier this year, a number of improvements were made to the initial design of the proposed Cromwell Road facility. These included:
- Re-organisation of the ground floor swimming changing facilities. These now include private showers, separate toilet facilities, sauna. We have also included a new steam room within the facilities.
- Improved swimming spectator viewing for people in wheelchairs.
- Increased swimming spectator viewing capacity with the introduction of a standing spectator area.
- Removal of a staircase, resulting in improved first floor dry changing facilities.
- The first floor exercise studio space has been increased to provide the flexibility of delivering either one large exercise class or two separate classes at the same time, separated by a moveable partition.
Councillor Mick Burnett, portfolio holder for culture and tourism said: "We had a lot of practical feedback during the consultation and as a result we’ve made a number of real improvements to the initial design.
“The swimming pool and facilities will be housed in an impressive, modern building and will be a focal point for community activities. We will be working with the transport operators to develop links to the site, and will also encourage healthy travel – including cycling to the site.
“This will be a fantastic competition standard facility. We hope everyone will now join us in looking forward to using it soon.”