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Work to start on Sudbury's Kingfisher Leisure Centre extension

Work starts on Tuesday on a year long £2.35 million project to extend and refurbish Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury.

Beardwell Construction will carry out the work which includes a two storey extension, increasing the gym space and refurbishing poolside changing facilities.

The investment by Abbeycroft Leisure includes £100,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy.

Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sept 2012. (8690054)
Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Sept 2012. (8690054)

The two storey extension will provide a ground floor studio/community room and a first floor dance studio.

The first floor fitness studio, the gym, will be refurbished and extended to provide 100 exercise stations compared to the present 40 stations,

There will be new ground floor changing facilities for members and the poolside wet changing and toilet facilities will be refurbished.

There will also be improved lighting and décor and a new air handling system and mechanical plant.

During the work parts of the Station Road car park will be cordoned off.

Tracey Loynds, development director at Abbeycroft Leisure, said: "This is a huge investment for Abbeycroft Leisure and for Sudbury and these refurbishments will make a difference in supporting our community to be more active.

"The changing rooms are now 30 years old and the refurbished areas will really improve the customer experience when swimming.

"The new fitness extension and community studios will enable us to increase our capacity enabling us to run more classes and activities with larger groups while offering a state of the art environment for our fitness users."

Chris Fry, assistant director for environment and commercial partnerships at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, said: "We recognise that with an ever growing and ageing population we need to be investing in and improving our leisure facilities. This work takes a crucial step towards achieving that aims set out in our Leisure, Sport and Physical Activity Strategy"

The new facilities are due to open to the public in March 2020.

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