Ribbon cut for £27m Sands Centre expansion

The 40,000 sq ft leisure facility, which has been on the local agenda since 2009, opened to the public yesterday.

Work on the Sands Centre was jumpstarted with the securing of planning permission in 2018 after stalling about a decade earlier due to funding difficulties.

Main contractor Wates Construction began work in 2020 on the building by Bridgewater Road. The leisure centre expansion includes a 25-metre main pool, 20-metre learner pool, four-court sports hall with a spectator gallery, and a fully equipped gym. There is also a café and bar area that is run by Hickory’s.

The build includes provisions for reducing carbon emissions, improving energy efficiency and providing eco-friendly healthy transport options.

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