Work begins on £11m Washington Leisure Centre complex

Proposed Washington Leisure Centre The new centre is expected to open in 2015

Construction work has begun on an £11m leisure centre in Washington, near Sunderland.

The complex, which will feature two water slides and a six-lane pool, is being built adjacent to an existing centre, which is due to close in 2015.

Labour-controlled Sunderland City Council said the cost would be met from an existing £60m capital fund.

The centre will also feature a four-court sports hall, squash courts, sauna and steam rooms.

John Kelly, the authority's portfolio holder for public health and culture, said: "The current leisure centre was great when it was built, but it has reached the end of its natural lifespan and this investment will secure new, high-quality facilities for generations to come."

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Tyne & Wear

Weather

Newcastle upon Tyne

11 °C 6 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    First and worst records? 10:27: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    I've been asking for your "first and worst" with it being Record Store Day today. You can email me or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

    Lee T Stoker tweets: @BBCNewsNE one of the first records I bought was John Kettley is a Weatherman by Tribe of Toffs. #recordstoreday

    Clare Duncan on Facebook: First: Brian Hyland Sealed with a kiss. Most embarrassing: She taught me how to yodel. Can't remember artist.

     
  2.  
    Hot cross buns 10:08:

    BBC Look North's Alison Freeman tweets: Mmm yesterday's bake for breakfast. Now to work...

    Hot cross buns
     
  3.  
    'It was a fight' 09:53:

    Jamie Chandler rescued a point for promotion-chasing Gateshead against 10-man Southport yesterday in the Football Conference.

    Gateshead manager Gary Mills said: "It was a fight, it was a scrap, going behind twice and coming back. It epitomises what this set of players is about, no-one's going to make it easy for us."

     
  4.  
    First and worst records? 09:34: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    It's Record Store Day today. So we want to know your first and worst records please. The first one you bought and the most embarrassing! You can email me or tweet @BBCNewsNE

     
  5.  
    latest updates
     
  6.  
    Burton v Hartlepool (15:00 KO) 09:17:

    Hartlepool United travel to Burton's Pirelli Stadium and may call upon striker Marlon Harewood (ankle) and winger Andy Monkhouse (hamstring) after injury.

    Defender Christian Burgess has returned to parent club Middlesbrough for treatment on an ankle problem.

     
  7.  
    Great North Passion 08:58:

    If you missed The Great North Passion on BBC One which took place at South Shileds yesterday, you can see it again on the iPlayer.

    Bents Park South Shields

    The world of music, arts and the story of Christ's final days came together in Bents Park.

     
  8.  
    Middlesbrough v Millwall (15:00 KO) 08:41:

    Middlesbrough defenders Daniel Ayala and Ben Gibson are suspended, while Seb Hines (thigh), Rhys Williams (Achilles) and Stuart Parnaby (knee) are all out for the match against Millwall at the Riverside Stadium.

    Full-back George Friend may return but striker Kei Kamara is short of fitness.

     
  9.  
    Newcastle v Swansea (15:00 KO) 08:21:

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hopeful that top scorer Loic Remy and defender Mathieu Debuchy will be available after returning to training.

    alan pardew

    However, Moussa Sissoko is likely to miss out again with a hamstring injury, while Ben Arfa is also doubtful.

     
  10.  
    A touch of frost 08:09:

    After a cold start with a touch of frost inland, Saturday will be dry with some good sunny spells.

    Patchy low cloud may affect some coastal areas later in the day with a maximum temperature of 12C (54F).

     
  11.  
    Good morning 08:00: Lloyd Watson BBC News

    I'm here with today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for the North East.

    If you'd like me to feature your comments or pictures, send them to northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at @BBCNewsNE.

     

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.