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Work progresses on centre

Work progresses on new leisure centre for Aberavon

Work is progressing well on the site for the new leisure centre at Aberavon seafront.

Aberavon Seafront Leisure Centre

Developer Corban Investments and their contractor, Heron Bros Ltd. have started construction of the £13.4m facility which is being built adjacent to Reel Cinema and expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

The investment in the landmark seafront location will result in a purpose-built beachfront leisure centre, complete with ‘wave design’ roof and featuring a 25m pool with moveable floor; multiple changing facilities, gym/fitness suite, spin room, dance studio, four court sports hall, cafe and community rooms.

The main earthworks element of the contract is underway and excavation work for the new pool is progressing well. This work is likely to continue until mid-September, followed by construction of the concrete pool deck.

The next visible construction activity will be the erection of the new steel frame later this year.

Work has also started inside the existing building to form the foundations for new internal partitions and additional steel framework.

This building will form part of the new leisure centre and house the four court sports hall, changing facilities and storage areas.

Councillor Ali Thomas, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “I am pleased to see good progress being made on the construction of the new leisure centre.

“This will be a wonderful twenty first century facility we can all be proud of and will be a focal point in enhancing our strategy and vision for regenerating the whole area.”

Chris Mundow, Development Director of Corban Investments, added: "Thanks to effective project management by Corban Investments, coupled with close cooperation by the contractor and the design team, this important new development is progressing well and is on programme.

“The bulk earthworks stage is nearing completion, the structure to the main pool has commenced and the partial demolition of the existing building for incorporation into the new design is well underway.”