Work has started on a new £9.3 million sports centre in Chesterfield.
A sod cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of the project to replace Queen’s Park Sports Centre on Boythorpe Road.
The new centre is being built on land at the Queen’s Park Annexe and is due to open in early 2016.
It is being funded with £4.8 million from Chesterfield Borough Council, £2 million from Sport England and £2.5 million from Chesterfield College, whose students will use the facilities.
The centre will boast an eight lane swimming pool, an eight court sports hall, 80 station gym, two glass back squash courts, three training rooms and a café.
Councillor Amanda Serjeant, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “A huge amount of planning and work, including extensive public consultation, has taken place to get us to the stage where work can begin.
“The new centre offers a once in a generation opportunity to offer modern, cost efficient and energy efficient town centre sports and leisure facilities that will help deliver our aim of encouraging more people in Chesterfield to live healthy and active lifestyles.”
Trevor Clay, Principal at Chesterfield College, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Chesterfield Borough Council to provide outstanding sports facilities for our students.
“The strength of this partnership played a key role in bringing Sport England on board to put Chesterfield on the regional map as the home of excellent sports facilities.
“These will complement our already outstanding teaching and learning in the field of sport and will equip our students to progress with their studies and gain employment.