Work will start this year on a £33.9 million leisure centre in Leighton Buzzard following its approval by Central Bedfordshire Council.

The council’s construction partner Willmott Dixon is currently reviewing the plans for what will be the third new leisure centre to be commissioned within five years by the council.

Its three swimming pools will include an eight-lane 25-metre community pool with 130 spectator seats, a learner pool with movable floor to raise or lower the depth, and a separate shallow pool for very young children.

There will also be a substantial fitness suite as well as multi-use exercise studios with spaces for a variety of classes, and two new squash courts.

A spacious foyer and reception area will have a large café open for centre users and the public, community spaces, a creche and Changing Places area for disabled visitors.

There will be a 227 space car park with 22 EV charging points, and covered cycle racks for 38 bikes.

Cllr Rebecca Hares, executive member for health and community liaison, said: “This is a key milestone for a major project which will see a new modern and fit-for-purpose facility for the town’s growing population.

“At a time when councils across the UK are struggling, we’re proud to have been able to maintain our commitment to capital investment in major works like this.

“It’s going to be a fantastic facility for the whole Leighton Buzzard community and beyond and is just the latest of our recent investment in top quality leisure provision.

“Such facilities are vital in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities.”

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