Work is continuing at great pace with the new park costing £7.2m centre in Forest Way. It will replace the town’s crumbling old Holbrook Recreation Centre when it opens later this year.
DC Leisure, the operators of the new leisure park,said: ‘We estimate half a million visitors a year will use the new centre. The old centre had about 200,000 a year when it was in its prime. The opportunities for local people will be enormous.’
On completion the project will be used as an exemplary scheme by Sport England for being cost effective and of a high quality.
Currently the indoor pools have been constructed and the walls inside the building are in place. The next stage is to tile the changing rooms and prepare the pools for tiling.
The old Holbrook centre had around 40 members of staff, while the new one will have around 70.
Everyone who worked at the old leisure centre has been invited to apply for the new jobs.
The leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, said: ‘When I was first shown around the inside of the building I was wowed by the size of the centre. I come round every six weeks and it’s amazing how much gets done between each visit.
The construction work is being carried out by contractors Willmott Dixon.