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Date published: 5th December 2017

The multi-million pound investment will include a £10 million new leisure centre with a swimming pool at the Splash site in Sheringham and a £2.6 million indoor tennis centre with gym at a new North Norfolk Community Sports Hub in Cromer, with satellite tennis facilities across the district at Fakenham, Wells and North Walsham.

The North Norfolk Community Sports Hub would be created in partnership with Cromer Academy and part-grant funded by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and should be built by mid-2019 if councillors approve the proposals.

 The new facility will include:

Three indoor tennis courts
Changing rooms
Reception area
New bar/lounge and viewing gallery
20 station-gym with an area for free weights and fitness
Studio space for fitness classes

In addition, a grant from the Lawn Tennis Association will provide for improved tennis facilities across the district in a bid to drive up participation.

Building costs are estimated to be £2.6m for a ‘framed fabric’ indoor tennis facility or nearly £4 million for a traditional built facility.

A feasibility study for the replacement of the Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham considered three options: refurbishment of the existing site; a new build and a new build plus a health spa facility.  The new build option was by far the best value and will now be taken forward after the proposal was approved by councillors.

The new build option, would include:

A £10 million investment in a new leisure and fitness centre
A 25m six lane pool
A learner pool
A Splash pad/ fun water
A 50 station gym health and fitness suite
One large dividable studio
A spin studio
Two treatment rooms
A café.

The study estimates that the new leisure centre will take around two years to complete and be open to the public from October 2020. 

Splash will continue to be open as usual to customers and members while future investment plans are considered by the authority. 

The proposals will now be heard at Full Council on 19 December for capital funding to be agreed.

Last updated: 5th December 2017