Farrans Construction to start work on site next year
A £30m leisure centre in Craigavon, Northern Ireland, has been given the planning go-ahead from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough council.
The facility, which was first put forward in 2010, got the seal approval from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough council.
Farrans Construction is expected to start work early next year and complete the job in spring 2020.
The facility, which will be situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, features an eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, teaching pool, fun pool and spectator gallery.
It will also be home to one of the largest gyms in Ireland. Other facilities include spin and dance studios, a health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and sporting hall.
The project, which was first put forward in 2010, is expected to create more than 500 jobs during the construction phase and deliver around £6.5m in direct wages to the economy, apprenticeships, work placements and job opportunities for the local community.
It is the biggest capital project ever undertaken by the council and is unique in the region, offering indoor and outdoor leisure experiences at a single site.