Brand-new leisure centre starts to take shape

A HUGE construction project began to take shape this week, marking an important milestone in the development of the new Midhurst Community Leisure Centre.

Two large cranes were brought on to the Midhurst site at the beginning of the week, to put up a 250-tonne steel frame.

The next stage of the building work at the Grange, Midhurst

The next stage of the building work at the Grange, Midhurst

“The building is progressing well, and it starting to take shape,” said councillor Eileen Lintill, cabinet member for leisure, wellbeing and community services at Chichester Distrct Council. “It will give residents a clearer idea of the scale and size of the building, and how the site will develop over the coming months.”

The new state-of-the-art facility, which is being built by the Leadbitter group, will replace the current Grange Centre.

A range of services will be offered in the new building which will have longer opening hours.

When the project is complete, the facility will have a four court sports hall, a fitness room, two squash courts and a squash viewing area, a dance studio with mirrors for fitness groups and community groups, a library, changing facilities, community hall, and a health suite.

Steel girders were lifted into place by the towering crane, which could be seen from around the town. Up until now, construction workers have been busy preparing the area, levelling the ground and digging foundations.

The work was delayed for a week while snow caused disruption, but Leadbitter has said they are still on track to have the work finished on time.

The leisure centre is due to open in Spring 2014.