Provost of North Ayrshire Councillor Joan Sturgeon and McLaughlin & Harvey MD Barclay Chalmers were on-site to commend work starting at the £20 million contract to build Irvine’s new leisure centre.
The new leisure centre will create a single venue for sports, cultural events and exhibitions in the centre of the Ayrshire town.
The new facility will feature a main pool, a teaching pool, six-court sports hall, studios, a state-of-the-art fitness suite, and both wet and dry changing areas. Both pools will have a viewing area at mezzanine level for spectators.
An existing Grade B Listed townhouse will be integrated into the new facility and the property will be restored and refurbished to compliment the leisure centre by installing a reception area, offices, research and creative rooms. The facility will also include a function hall and exhibition areas.
The team will work closely with North Ayrshire Council and the surrounding schools to provide a range of community benefits during the project, including work placements for young people who want to get involved in the industry.
Barclay Chalmers said:
“As a local company, we are extremely proud to be playing such a significant role in delivering a first-class sport and leisure facility for Irvine.We’re glad to be getting started on this important project for the town and I’m hopeful the new leisure centre will be a fantastic and well-used resource in the local area.”
Irvine Leisure Centre is set to open its doors in January 2017.