Breaking ground ceremony marks start of work on The Bridge

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Set4Success young athletes at The Bridge breaking ground ceremony

Full scale building work is now underway at The Bridge – the district’s new £12 million sports and leisure centre at Broadbridge Heath, replacing the current leisure centre.

To mark this milestone, representatives from the council and key organisations and user groups involved in the delivery of the project gathered on-site to celebrate the start of the construction works.

The development is one of the council’s most significant investments in years and will deliver the biggest public dry-side sports and leisure centre in the district.

The fantastic new facility will include a six court sports hall, an 80-station gym, a cycle studio and three fitness studios, a new café, a sensory room and new changing facilities for indoor and outdoor activity, including a Changing Places disabled changing facility.

A new clip and climb facility is being added whilst the number of multi-use games areas will be increased to five. Treatment rooms for beauty and sports therapy sessions will be retained and whilst the athletics track will ultimately be relocated it will also be retained until a new site is secured.

The new facility has been designed to meet the needs of a population that will grow significantly in the near future.

Commenting on the construction work, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Cllr Jonathan Chowen said:

“This is a fantastic milestone in the delivery of what will be a superb sports and leisure facility for local people.

“I am delighted that after the years of planning and negotiation that have gone into such a major project, we are now at the stage when we are actually building this exciting new development.

“My thanks go out to all those who have supported us in reaching this milestone.

“I am confident the new centre will exceed all expectations in providing a vibrant hub for sporting and leisure activity, whilst at the same time it will be more cost effective and sustainable to manage in the future.”

Construction work on the main sports and leisure centre is set to be complete in Summer 2018.

Leader of HDC Ray Dawe and Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture Jonathan Chowen celebrate breaking ground at The Bridge

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