The redevelopment of East Riding Leisure Hornsea - now known as The Hornsea Hub - has taken a major step forward with the handover of the site by the council's contractors Hobson and Porter back to the council for fitting out and completion.
The £9.9m project includes a complete refurbishment and extension of the original leisure centre with new facilities including an extended Tone Zone on the first floor overlooking the promenade; a new extended cafÃ© area; new changing rooms; two refurbished squash courts; and a dedicated Spin and Exercise Studio. The pool area and changing rooms have been extensively refurbished.
The redevelopment also sees the town's library, customer service centre and resource centre relocating to the new facility, as well as the Children's Centre.
With its stunning two-storey extension and high-quality landscaping, the new centre for leisure and learning will provide a major new focal point for the central promenade. Part-funded from the £3.77m Coastal Communities Fund awarded to Hornsea, the project is part of a wider regeneration programme for the sea front. With a dedicated education room, beach-side access to the cafÃ© and toilets and stunning sea views from the outdoor seating area, the development is designed to attract more visitors to Hornsea, as well as catering for residents.
Councillor Richard Burton, leader of the council, said: "The new Hornsea Hub represents the largest single investment this council has ever made in the town. I am delighted that work is now nearing completion on this transformational project.
"The creation of similar multi-service centres has proved to be very successful in other parts of the East Riding, providing the public with improved services while reducing running costs for the council by having a number of services under one roof. It has also led to increased usage and substantially improved the offer to our residents.
"Clearly, the issues with COVID-19 have caused delays to this project, and we thank all our customers and residents for their patience and understanding. "We will not be able to open all the promised facilities in the leisure centre immediately, again because of current restrictions, but I can assure all our customers that we will provide the best service we possibly can in what will be stunning new surroundings."
All the facilities in the Hornsea Hub are scheduled to open on Monday, 26 October, and further details will be made available in due course.
After the reopening, most services in the Hornsea Hub will need to be pre booked, in common with other council sites, and will operate with reduced capacity.
Keep in touch with the progress of the redevelopment at www.eastridingleisure.co.uk/hornsea
Or via the facebook page : East Riding Leisure Hornsea