WORK has finally begun to transform the Holbrook leisure centre in Gosport.
The £7.2m Gosport Leisure Park in Forest Way will have a 25m pool, learner pool, fitness and dance studio and play area.
Outside, there will be five-a-side and seven-a-side all-weather football pitches and parking.
And the town’s first chain hotel, run by Premier Inn, will also open on the site.
Council leader Mark Hook, pictured above with Peter Kirkham from developers DC Leisure, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that work has commenced on Gosport’s new leisure centre.
‘This leisure park is very important for our town. I promised it would be delivered and now it is.
‘Residents will be able to see our new leisure centre rising out of the ground in the coming months. This is an exciting time for Gosport.’
Mr Kirkham, development director at DC Leisure, which will carry out the works, said: ‘It is excellent news that work has commenced on our new facility in Gosport and we look forward to getting to know our new customers.
‘This project has moved incredibly quickly to get to this point thanks to the positive attitude of the council. It has been a pleasure to work with them.’
The new leisure centre will open towards the end of the year although it is hoped that part of it will be open in time for the Olympic games this summer.