The ground has officially been broken and work is underway on the new £2.35m extension and facilities at Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sudbury.
As part of a £2.35m investment by Babergh District Council, with £100,000 of the funds provided through the Community Infrastructure Levy monies, the leisure centre will be extended and refurbished to include:-
A ground floor studio/community room and first floor dance studio
Refurbished and extended 100- station first floor gym
New ground floor changing facilities
Fully refurbished poolside wet changing and toilet facilities
Improved lighting and décor
New air handling systems and modern mechanical plant
Kingfisher Leisure Centre will remain open during the work, which is expected to last for approximately one year, with a phased approach designed to cause minimum disruption to members.
Estimated dates phase 1: May 2019-March 2020 -Construction of new community room and fitness studio
Estimated dates phase 2: December-February 2020 -Construction of first floor gym
Estimated dates phase 3: November-March 2020 -Completion of new changing rooms
Tracey Loynds, Development Director for Abbeycroft Leisure, said:
“This is such an exciting project and we want our local community to benefit from it in lots of different ways. The new community room will be available for local community groups and organisations to hire, and we would like to start hearing from them now.
“Anyone who gets in contact with us will also be entered into a prize draw to win FREE use of the community room for 3 months (subject to conditions), so I would urge all local groups to email us now."
Chris Fry, Assistant Director for Environment and Commercial Partnerships at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said:
“It’s great to see work is officially underway at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre to provide the community of Sudbury with some much-needed and modernised leisure facilities. We want to ensure our residents are able to remain happy, healthy and active and we can’t wait to see the new facilities once they’re finished.
“This work is a positive step towards us investing in and improving our leisure facilities in the districts, to achieve the aims set out in our Leisure, Sport & Physical Activity Strategy.”
Duncan Clark, Managing Director of Beardwell Construction, said:
We are delighted to be involved in providing this wonderful facility to the local community in Sudbury and the wider Babergh district. It was important to us to provide a local team to manage the construction, with our site manager being a Sudbury resident and the company recently itself becoming a Babergh resident. The build is very difficult to construct in places requiring a high level of technical expertise from ourselves and our supply chain, we look forward to completing the challenge.
To keep up to date with progress about the project - please check the website and social media and to enter the prize draw for free community room hire for 3 months - please email Jonathan Harvey before the 30 June 2019.