Work starts on new borough leisure centre

By James Renoux-Wood - Sat 1 February 2014, 10:30 am

Construction work on Barking's new £13 million Abbey Leisure Centre is now under way.

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham said the centre, which will include a 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool, a 140-station gym, and three large multi-use studios, was expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The centre is being funded by proceeds from the sale of the Goresbrook Leisure Centre site, and the anticipated proceeds from the sale of the Abbey Sports Centre - which the new facility will replace.

Council leader Liam Smith said the success of Becontree Heath Leisure Centre showed that many residents were keen to get fit and improve their health, and that the council was keen to help them by providing first-class facilities.

“I have no doubt that this new centre in Barking will be just as popular as its counterpart in Dagenham - and that's not just down to the facilities but due to the great and unique offers and service provided by the council,” he said. 

In addition to sports facilities, the Abbey Leisure Centre will also boast a soft play area for children, a café, and a full spa and health suite including a hydra pool.

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