Old Gosport leisure centre is gone for good as new pool rises

COMING ON The new Holbrook leisure centre is taking shape
COMING ON The new Holbrook leisure centre is taking shape
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RISING from the rubble of its predecessor, Gosport’s new leisure centre is starting to take shape.

For 36 years the Holbrook Recreation Centre served the swimmers and fitness fanatics of Gosport.

Now it has been knocked down to make way for a multi-million pound new development.

Demolition began last month but the old building has finally been flattened.

Now people driving past on the A32 can catch a glimpse of the new building which is being built as its replacement.

The leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, said: ‘Everything is on schedule to be ready for the end of the year.

‘The contractors have worked hard through the bad weather and made up the time that was lost because of it.

‘The football pitches are already down and I’m going to visit the site today to look around the inside and see how things are coming along with the swimming pool.

‘It’s all coming together.’

Workers found asbestos in the old centre when they began demolition but once that was cleared the demolition work could begin.

The new leisure centre is expected to be opened later this year.

Work on building a hotel on the site will then begin.

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.

It is hoped the new leisure complex will bring massive savings to the council.

While there is currently no council-run pool, people can attend public swimming sessions at Brune Park Community School instead.

To find out when the pool is available, visit gosport.gov.uk