A new Sheffield leisure centre is to cost £400,000 more than budgeted for - forcing council chiefs to borrow cash.
Sheffield Council agreed an ‘emergency approval’ to borrow money from a central Government pot for the North Active centre on Thorncliffe Recreation Ground.
The lowest bid from companies through a competitive tender process was £7.5m, rather than the £7.1m the council had set aside.
Documents agreed by cabinet chiefs yesterday said: “In order not to delay the construction programme, an emergency approval variation of £400,000 was made.
“A contract award has now been issued to Kier Constriction Ltd.”
The new leisure centre will provide a new 25m pool, learner pool, gym and exercise studio.
It replaces the former Stocksbridge Leisure Centre pool - which has been taken over by residents after £400,000 of funding was controversially cut - and Chapeltown Pool, which isalso to close.
Coun Isobel Bowler, council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “We always seek best value for public money. Until going out to tender it can be difficult to accurately work out the associated costs of building a scheme like this, particularly when we are looking at a £7-8m project.
“We have gone through the competitive tender process and although the successful contract is higher than we originally budgeted for, it is the best value tender we received. We are confident North Active will be delivered to the high standard specification we have designed.”
North Active will be part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine Olympic Legacy project.