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The proposed development of a new, state-of-the-art Leisure Centre at Fleming Park has won a £2 million grant from Sport England.
The award, from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund, will contribute to a new leisure centre that will provide a larger, eight-lane swimming pool, a new and bigger learner pool with a depth-altering floor, a 15-court sports hall and an extended fitness suite.
The new Fleming Park Leisure Centre will be a modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly facility that is designed to be in keeping with the park environment. Although similar in footprint to the existing building, clever design will create a much larger feel to the interior – and no additional green space will need to be sacrificed to accommodate the centre. The preferred contractor are Interserve, who have a presence at Nursling near Eastleigh, and the building has been designed by AHR architects.
Construction will take place adjacent to the current building, meaning that the existing Fleming Park Leisure Centre will remain open to residents until the new centre is completed. Once opened, the new centre will continue to offer free car parking.
Eastleigh Borough Council’s aims for the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre closely reflect the mission of Sport England, which is investing more than £1 billion in National Lottery and government funding in organisations and projects that grow and sustain participation in grassroots sport; that help people and communities across the country develop a sporting habit for life, and that create opportunities for people to excel at their chosen sport.
Charles Johnston, Property Director, Facilities and Planning for Sport England, said: “We are excited about the plans for this great new leisure centre and proud to be supporting such a wonderful facility for the people of Eastleigh Borough.
“The extra larger pool and fitness centre will encourage more people to use the facility, and help get more people active in the local area.”
Eastleigh Borough Council Leader, Councillor Keith House, said: “This award of £2 million from Sport England is a huge vote of confidence in our plans for this superb new facility and its ability to increase participation in sports and activities. The new Fleming Park Leisure Centre will underpin our ambitions for a healthy Eastleigh Borough and will allow us to develop our young talent while delivering sports and leisure opportunities for people of all abilities.”
The award is subject to Eastleigh Borough Councillors approving the use of the grant at the Council’s Cabinet later this month, which will consider formally appointing Interserve as contractors – a decision which could give the final go-ahead to the scheme.