Work has got under way on a new £16m redevelopment at a tennis and leisure centre in Sheffield – hailed as part of the biggest leisure developments in the city in 20 years.
The investment the Graves centre in Norton will give the complex a new six lane swimming pool, fitness suite and a centre for gymnastics and trampolining.
It follows the start of work on a new centre on Thorncliffe Recreation Ground, High Green.
Sheffield Council says together they are the ‘biggest developments in leisure in the city in the last 20 years’.
Council leader Coun Julie Dore said: “Both of these exciting developments will not just be traditional sports centres, but will bring swimming pools, gyms, sports facilities and health services together.”
Sport England has invested £2.75 million of National Lottery funding towards the building of the new centre at High Green.
The centres will also incorporate health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in an Olympic Legacy project.
Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine, said: “The facilities at Graves and also at High Green and Concord have been designed to support and co-locate patients, clinicians, researchers and exercise professionals as a way of making that happen.
“Seeing the vision come together in bricks and mortar is very satisfying. “
The centres are scheduled to open in 2016 and will be run by operator People for Places.
Chapeltown swimming baths is to close when the High Green centre opens.