Work begins on Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby to replace Ken Marriott Leisure Centre

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THE start of construction of the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee leisure centre has been marked with a ground-breaking ceremony

The ground-breaking ceremony took place yesterday (Monday), on the car park of the Ken Mariott Leisure Centre, where the new leisure centre is to be built.

It was attended by councillors, representatives of Shepherd Construction, and staff and pupils from Brooke School.

The new leisure centre will include a competition-standard 25 metre pool with spectator area, training pool with movable floor, sports hall, health suite, café, climbing wall and studio, as well as staff facilities. By working closely with community organisations during the planning phase, the leisure centre is set to be one of the most disability-friendly sports facilities in the region.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for development and culture, said: “It is thrilling to see work underway on Rugby’s newest facility - a lot of work has brought us to this point and it’s exciting to see that translate into work on the ground.

“I’d like to thank councillors who took part in the leisure centre task group whose research and recommendations have contributed to the final design and specification. I have no doubt that their continuing work helping to oversee the construction phase will be equally valuable.”

Clive Williamson, construction director for Shepherd Construction’s West Division said: “We recently completed a similar leisure centre project at Bilston, where our close partnership with the client, Wolverhampton City Council, and the support we provided to the local area added significant value in the delivery of the project.

“We look forward to adopting a similar approach and working closely with Rugby Borough Council to provide a leisure centre that will be a valuable asset to the local community and a facility that people can be proud of.”

Shepherd Construction will work with Brooke School during the project, leading some lessons and inviting pupils to see progress on site.

Construction of a temporary car park on the east side of the Whitehall Recreation Ground started on 26 February. With work on the leisure centre itself now also underway, construction is scheduled to be completed in summer 2013.

More details on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, and regular progress updates, can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/newleisurecentre.