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Great Yarmouth Marina development reaches topping out

Morgan Sindall has hosted a topping out event to mark progress on Great Yarmouth’s £26m Marina Centre development.

The scheme is being delivered on behalf of Great Yarmouth Borough Council and will provide a new destination attraction along the town’s Golden Mile, occupying the site of the former leisure centre.

The new health and fitness centre will include a 25-metre swimming pool for competitions and galas, alongside a learner pool with moveable floor, leisure water with fun play features, a water confidence area and two water flumes.

The complex will also benefit from a health suite, incorporating a four-court sports hall, fitness studios and spin studios, a 100-station gym, an indoor climbing zone and a café with seafront views.

The development is intended to act as a catalyst for further investment as well as providing a community and tourist hub for the promotion of indoor and outdoor activity.

Cllr Carl Smith, Great Yarmouth Borough Council leader, said: ‘We’ve now reached an exciting milestone in the construction of this landmark building. This new state-of-the-art visitor destination will be a major year-round boost for Great Yarmouth and the surrounding area, bringing great benefits in supporting the health and wellbeing of our community and visitors for many years to come. It is also a stunning addition to our seafront.

‘We are hugely grateful to the New Anglia LEP and to Sport England for their financial support of this important project which was crucial in enabling us to push forward with it, and to our contractors Morgan Sindall Construction for continuing to deliver results on schedule and on budget.’

Alister Broadberry, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction East, added: ‘It is fantastic to be marking this key stage in the development of a transformational project for Great Yarmouth. We are heavily invested in making sure the Great Yarmouth community engages with the project and reaps as much benefit as possible from it.

‘We will continue to work closely with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to realise their vision of a next generation, inclusive leisure facility that acts as an anchor attraction for the region.’

Work started on the project in January 2020 and construction is expected to be completed in 2022.

In related news, following outline planning approval earlier this year, Southampton City Council has approved the commercial terms for the Leisure World scheme, enabling progress towards a start on site in early 2023.

Photo supplied by Morgan Sindall Construction

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