Work on Teesside leisure centre gathers pace

Impression of Forum theatre
Image caption Artist's impression of the new Billingham Forum

The multi-million pound revamp of a theatre and leisure complex is back on track after a number of setbacks.

The worst winter for 30 years and asbestos clearance work put back the regeneration work of Billingham Forum in Stockton by four months.

But now the overhaul of the 40-year-old building is back on track and the complex will reopen in 2011.

The £17m revamp plans includes essential structural works to the council-owned building.

The theatre, ice rink and swimming pool will also be modernised.

Councillor Bob Cook, Stockton Council's cabinet member for transport and regeneration, said: "Real progress is being made in the regeneration of one of the Tees Valley's most well-used and well-known buildings.

"With improvement schemes of this kind where you are refurbishing an existing building and bringing it up to new, modern standards, the hard work really starts on the inside.

"This can be complex and often uncovers structural issues that were not always foreseen."

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