THESE images reveal the new multi-million pound leisure complex in Gosport which will replace the town’s current run-down centre.
Work on Gosport Leisure Park will start at the Holbrook site in just a few weeks.
When complete, it will include a 25m pool, learner pool, fitness and dance studio and play area.
Outside the new centre there will also be five-a-side and seven-a-side all-weather football pitches.
And the jewel in the crown will be the construction of the town’s first chain hotel.
Pub retailer Marston’s has announced it will operate a 61-bed hotel and family pub.
The £7.2m development will take place around Holbrook Recreation Centre, which will remain open until a few weeks before the development is finished in about a year’s time.
The building will then be demolished and turned into car parking.
Council leader Cllr Mark Hook said: ‘This project was on the top of my list. The people of Gosport deserve a top quality leisure facility and this is what we are going to provide. We recognised that because of the poor condition of Holbrook we were losing people who were going to Fareham Leisure Centre and other places.
‘We believe this park will attract people not just from within the area but from outside as well. There is a real need for a hotel in Gosport.
‘If we have got people coming in to visit, or for business or leisure, there isn’t any accommodation for them to stay at.’
Plans for new leisure facilities at the site have been in the pipeline for years.
Cllr Hook says the new leisure complex will bring massive savings to the council.
‘It costs £249,000 to run Holbrook but the revenue costs for the new one will be substantially less over the 15-year contract,’ he added.
‘There will be massive savings to the council.’
Cllr Hook said the contractors DC Leisure had ‘an excellent track record’.
The council said it has also arranged a profit-sharing deal with the contractors.
When profits from the leisure complex reach a certain level, the council will receive a share of the money. Cllr Hook did not reveal what that figure was.
Construction is due to begin over the summer and is expected to be completed in time for the 2012 London Olympics.