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Building work starts to transform Uttoxeter Leisure Centre

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BUILDING work is now well under way to transform Uttoxeter Leisure Centre as the rebuilding gathers pace.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is offering residents a first glimpse into how the Oldfields Road facility will now look upon completion.

With the end of June now fast approaching, the authority said that visible changes to the structure are clear for residents to see.

The steel structure for the new swimming pool hall and spectator gallery is well under way, with contractors installing the new aluminium roof.

The transformation is not however restricted to the swimming pool, the steel structure which will house a new crèche, changing room, dance studio and gym facilities is also visibly taking shape.

In the coming weeks, the council said that residents will also notice the laying of the new concrete floor slab, which will form the base of the new link block of the facility.

The first blocks will be laid forming the walls on this new section of the building very soon.

Site manager Steve Skadorwa, of appointed contractor Bowmer and Kirkland Building Services, said: “Despite the wet conditions in late May and early June, progress has been good, and we are well under way with the ground preparations.

“At the moment we are focusing on installing the steel framework which is really starting to shape the new sections of the building.

“The coming weeks will see us lay the concrete slab, forming the floor of the new building, whilst continuing to erect the steel structure and complete the swimming pool roof.”

Councillor Robert Hardwick, the council’s deputy leader for cultural services, said: “After months of planning and consultation it’s really positive for the people of Uttoxeter to begin to see that the leisure centre development is moving forward. I’m sure we are all looking forward to using the new facility.”

Residents wanting to keep up to date progress of the project can do so by visiting the website at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk, by visiting the Facebook page or by signing up to the email newsletters.

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