A £14 million leisure centre in Barking is on track to open by the end of the year.
The new facility, which is being developed by Willmott Dixon, will replace the Abbey Sports Centre and include a learner pool, a gym, three studios, a soft play facility, a cafe, a spa and a hydra-pool.
It is the second such facility to open in the borough in three years at a total cost of £37 million.
Councillor Darren Rodwell, leader of the council, said: “This is going to be a stunning new facility in Barking Town Centre which will hugely benefit the health of residents. The structure is starting to take shape, and we have been able to learn from the Becontree Heath Leisure Centre experience, which means this facility will have a bigger gym and larger studios, as we know these are in high demand.
“Barking and Dagenham is without question London’s biggest growth opportunity, and that includes a social and cultural offer. I hope that our residents are excited by this new facility and will enjoy using it.”
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