Hundreds turn up to see leisure centre proposal

Over 200 local people attended drop-in sessions in Berwick to view new plans for a £20million new sports and leisure centre.

By Ian Smith
Thursday, 28 March, 2019, 07:05
The Swan Centre in Berwick.

The events were organised by Northumberland County Council in partnership with Active Northumberland and Advance Northumberland and held in the Swan Centre and in Berwick Workspace.

Members of the public could view the plans in more detail, including proposed internal layouts, design concepts and building materials.

The ground floor plan for the new Swan Centre.

A map showing the location of the 3G sports pitch was also on display and members of the project team were present to answer questions.

The new centre will be situated on the site of the existing Swan Centre and run by Active Northumberland.

Proposed facilities include a five lane, 25m swimming pool, a learner pool and leisure water, a sports hall, fitness suite and studios, a lawn green indoor bowls hall, spa facilities, café and soft play, an outdoor 3G synthetic turf pitch plus adult day care and some learning facilities.

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Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure, said: “It was great to see so many people coming along and showing a real interest in the plans. We are delighted at the rapid progress that is being made in designing and developing the new centre.”

The first floor plan for the new Swan Centre in Berwick.

Mark Tweedie, chief executive of Active Northumberland, said: “The indicative plans for the new leisure centre produced by our architects are really exciting, the new facility is going to be an incredible asset for Berwick, and it was great so many people attended the drop-in sessions to see the proposed elements and well thought out layouts. The new leisure centre is primarily for everyone living in and around Berwick, so it is really important that the community are involved in the planning process, we received some really positive feedback which will inform the next stage of the design process.”

Construction will be phased and is expected to start later this year.

The second floor plan of the new Swan Centre.