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New look leisure centre makes ‘statement of

confidence about future of Hornsea’ MP says

    By Andrea Kirk  

LOCAL MP Graham Stuart believes the town’s new look leisure centre will make a ‘statement of confidence about Hornsea.’ He was speaking as he had a behind the scenes tour of the progress of work on Hornsea Leisure Centre on Friday, May 10.

Mr Stuart was joined by East Riding Council officers including Alan Menzies, the director of planning and economic regeneration.

Richard Hunter, managing director of Hobson and Porter the company developing the site, led the tour along with Hobson and Porter’s contract manager Gary Allen.

The extension that allows the building to become a multi-service centre is built on a glacial tilt meaning the foundations have been piled as opposed to the existing part of the building where this wasn’t required.

James Townend, project manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council commented: “The ground conditions were better than expected.”
Around a fifth of the steel work for the extension is now in place with the final foundations for this being completed. Inside the leisure centre, the area that houses the gym has been ripped bare, ready for work to begin on turning it into the children’s centre as the gym moves to the new first floor that is being created.

The former café area has also been ripped out and is being prepared to have arena style seating replacing it alongside the pool. The officers confirmed they’re hoping the upgrade to the facilities will see membership increase from just over 900 to around 2,000 members.

The tour then extended to the work on the new boat compound and car park on the South Promenade. The Beverley and Holderness MP was shown how the development is hoped to help the businesses operating from the site, as well as increasing the leisure boat offering and improving the car parking facilities.

Speaking after the tour Mr Stuart said: “It was great to see the ambition with which this project is being approached. The whole existing leisure centre has been ripped out and is being comprehensively refurbished. There will be a new, brighter feeling in the swimming area, improved ventilation and a transformed watching area, alongside new changing rooms and other enhancements. The extension is bold and makes a real statement of confidence about the future of Hornsea. Those in the gym will be looking out of enormous windows onto the beach and the sea and should be suitably inspired. I am delighted that we were successful in gaining Government support which, coupled with East Riding Council’s imagination and brilliant use of resources, is resulting in this excellent facility for local people.”

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