Willmott Dixon has been appointed as the official contractor for the centre which is expected to be fully complete and open to the public in Summer 2022.
Designed by GT3 Architects, the new centre will include a six-lane swimming pool with spectator gallery, a learner pool, spa facilities, a four-court sports hall, a new 100 station fitness suite, a dedicated spinning studio, large fitness studios, a cafe area and soft play.
The plans also incorporate a new community services hub which will see the town’s library move back to its former home on Gas House Lane, a customer service centre and a new adult learning facility.
Northumberland County Councillor Jeff Watson Cabinet Member for Healthy Lifestyles said:
“This significant investment will create outstanding new facilities for the town and surrounding communities. Despite the lockdown restrictions across the country it is heartening to know that building work can continue and that work is starting on this fantastic new development.
“ The new centre will be a real asset for the town and a wonderful place, with great facilities, for residents and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.”
The new sports complex will be run by Active Northumberland, the charitable trust that manages leisure services across the county.
Mark Warnes, Acting Chief Executive of Active Northumberland said: “One of Active Northumberand’s key aims is to get more people, of all ages involved in physical activity to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This new centre and the facilities within it have been designed with this vision in mind. There will be something for all members of the local community and we hope that it will offer opportunities for more people to be active, more often.”