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Date published: 29th October 2019

The ground has officially been broken to mark the beginning of construction work to build a multi-million-pound leisure centre in Sheringham, expected to be completed in summer 2021.

North Norfolk District Councillors joined staff from Metnor Construction and Everyone Active, REAL Consulting and Saunders Boston to celebrate the major milestone in the development that will see the existing 31-year old ‘Splash’ replaced with a state of the art facility with lots of new features.

The new centre will include a six-lane, 25-metre pool, a 13-metre learner pool with an adjustable depth floor, fitness suite, community rooms, multi-purpose studios, a spin studio and a café. The design has been progressed with the facility’s accessibility in mind and incorporates eleven dedicated accessible car parking spaces close to the building entrance, level access into the building through the main reception, automatic entry doors within the lobby area and accessible changing rooms.

On the ground floor, a dedicated ‘Changing Places’ facility will be provided which offers more space than standard accessible changing spaces and equipment including a height adjustable changing bench and a hoist. A ‘pool pod’, a type of swimming pool lift, will be available for a safe and dignified entry into the swimming pool, offering greater independence for people with a wide range of mobility difficulties.

A moving floor on the smaller pool will allow the water depth to be changed for different activities and user groups such as swimming lessons, water confidence and toddler sessions and aqua fit exercise classes.

A colourful splash pad and learner pool for children to enjoy and where they can improve their confidence in the water has also been included in the design, and a range of portable, fun equipment such as inflatables will be offered during timetabled sessions.

The project, which supports North Norfolk District Council’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of its residents, will ensure the provision of leisure and fitness facilities for local communities and visitors to north Norfolk is secured for the future.

Splash will remain open while the new leisure centre is built on a different part of the site. The new leisure centre is due to open for summer 2021.

Working with partners including Sport England, the Council is seeking to increase participation in sport which will contribute to an improvement in social and cultural benefits. The social and fitness spaces will help put the facility at the heart of the community.

Cllr. Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “This is a significant investment in leisure facilities in North Norfolk and demonstrates the Council’s commitment to supporting the health and well-being of its residents at a time when many councils are unable to do the same.”

“With the range of facilities that will be on offer for everyone to enjoy, I am looking forward to watching a centre being built that we can all be proud of and that will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

Carl Maddison, Contract Manager at Metnor Construction Ltd, said: “We are excited to be working with such a great team to provide this new facility that will benefit so many in the local area. Metnor Construction have a catalogue of leisure experience, working nationally. We look forward to engaging with the local community as this project takes shape.”

Dan Hicks, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside North Norfolk District Council and Metnor to bring such a fantastic new facility to the people of Sheringham. It’s an exciting moment to be celebrating construction work now officially getting underway.

“Everyone Active is dedicated to improving local people’s health and wellbeing by offering a wide range of ways to get active. The new Sheringham Leisure Centre will allow us to do just that, with state-of-the-art new facilities for the community. We’re thrilled to be involved in this project and we look forward to seeing the new centre come to life as works progress.”

Last updated: 22nd September 2021