The £20.1m project, which Wates won through the Southern Construction Framework, will see the replacement of the current leisure centre and library, both of which were deemed by the Councils Leisure Strategy to no longer serve the varied needs of Dunstables growing population.
The completed centre will be a modern, state-of-the-art leisure facility with a 100-station gym, multi-purpose studios, a 25-metre swimming pool and learner pool with viewing gallery.
The centre is expected to complete by winter 2018/19 and will also boast a brand-new, fully accessible ground floor library, with flexible space for activities, a bespoke childrens zone, and new facilities for teenagers.
In addition, there will be a new crèche and a bigger café, as well as flexible community space for other public and community services, including Citizens Advice, adult day care and meeting rooms. The building will also include new provisions for disabled parking.
By bringing this wide range of services and facilities under one roof, Dunstable Leisure Centre will be able to reduce running costs and provide more flexible services to the local community, including extended opening hours.
Ian Vickers, Managing Director, Wates Construction Home Counties, said:
“Central Bedfordshire Councils Leisure Strategy put forwards a bold plan for the future of recreational facilities in the county, and were privileged to be working with them in bringing what will be an exceptional new leisure centre to life.
We look forward to getting to know the Dunstable community during our time on the project, while creating a range of employment and training opportunities for local people. We aim to ensure our presence in the area leaves behind a skills legacy as well as an excellent new leisure centre.”
Jill Dickinson, Assistant Director of Leisure, Libraries and Countryside, Central Bedfordshire Council, commented:
“Redeveloping Dunstable Leisure Centre is a priority in the Councils Leisure Strategy. After 42-years of service, the old centre was no longer fit for purpose and did not offer value for our customers. When the new facility is open it should provide high quality state-of-the-art leisure facilities alongside a brand new library, right in the middle of town.”
To find out more about the new Leisure Centres progress, please visit their website