Winchester MP visits site of new sport and leisure centre

Winchester MP Steve Brine was given a tour of the new sport and leisure centre as the development reached its first major milestone.

Mr Brine was shown around the Bar End site by Winchester City Council Leader, Cllr Lucille Thompson, Cllr Malcolm Prince, Cabinet Member for sport, leisure and communities, and Cllr Brian Laming.

The 50-metre swimming pool has begun to take shape, with the tank excavation now complete, while builders Willmott Dixon are also laying pipework, concrete works and the foundations of the building.

Cllr Thompson said: “It was great to meet with our MP and show him the progress that is being made on the leisure centre site.

“This development will support sport and leisure activities for everyone across our district, as well as offering sustainability benefits which are a key part of our commitment to make the council and wider district carbon neutral.”

As well as the 50m pool, the new centre will include a training pool, multi-use sports hall, fitness suite, squash courts and hydrotherapy suite.

Mr Brine said: “It was good to be on site and get a feel for the new sport and leisure centre. I was really grateful to the councillors and Wilmott Dixon for the visit.

“This is going to be something Winchester can be really proud of and it is right, now we’ve settled on the design, layout and facilities, to focus on a high-quality build.

“The integration with the city centre, and the cycling and walking connections will be key for me in its ultimate success.”

The facility is being funded by the city council with financial contributions from Hampshire County Council, the Pinder Trust, and the University of Winchester.

Building progress can be seen as it unfolds via the site webcam.