Residents in Eastbourne can look forward to enjoying a brand new swimming pool and leisure complex on the seafront that will replace the old Sovereign Centre.
The £24 million development was given the green light by Cabinet councillors in December 2016 and will include a 25 metre main pool, learning pool, fun pool and wave machine, a trampoline park, 130 station gymnasium and clip ‘n climb zone.
It is hoped the construction of the new centre will start in January 2018 once planning approval is secured and the procurement of a building contractor is completed.
Leader of the council, Councillor David Tutt, said:
“This project has got people talking and genuinely excited. The old Sovereign Centre was opened in the 1970s and has given generations of local people terrific memories of learning to swim, keeping fit and the popular wave machine.
“Inevitably, over 40 years of heavy duty use has taken its toll, so Eastbourne Borough Council will invest in a new complex that includes all the modern and high-tech leisure facilities that residents will enjoy using.”
The Sovereign Centre will remain open during the construction to ensure local people and visitors can continue to use the facilities. Only when the new complex opens in late 2019 will the old centre be demolished.