Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre in Rugby opens to guests for first time

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GUESTS were given a special tour of Rugby’s new leisure centre ahead of its opening next year.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey, Cllr Craig Humphrey, leader of Rugby Borough Council, and members of the Rugby Sport for the Disabled Association, were among the guests to be invited to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre in Bruce Williams Way on Friday as part of the Open Doors Event.

The event is part of a national project aimed at highlighting the importance of the construction industry within the UK economy and the career opportunities available.

Mr Pawsey said: “It was very interesting to be shown over the site by Craig Fletcher of Shepherd Construction, who are building Rugby’s new sports centre and swimming pool. I was able to see how a modern construction site is managed and I was pleased to see the use of local materials. I remember the Ken Marriott Centre being built many years ago, and I am sure that the new facility will have the same impact on young sports enthusiasts as that did.”

During the tour visitors saw the completed studio pool and sports hall. They also heard how all the cement used during the construction has been supplied by Rugby-based Cemex.

Cllr Humphrey said: “I’m pleased to see the rapid progress of the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, which is both on time and on budget. When the new leisure centre opens next summer the people of Rugby will have a far more flexible, efficient building. It will have modern facilities and be one of the best-equipped centres for disability sport in the region.”

The centre, which will also include a gym, cafe, climbing wall and studio, is due to open next summer.