Work has started on the new £20m community and leisure facility at Ashington with the demolition of the former Asda retail store.
The demolition of the supermarket and car park in Lintonville Terrace signals the beginning of the multi-million pound project to create the new leisure centre.
Northumberland Development Company Arch is managing the landmark new facility, located on the former Asda building.
It forms part of the overall renewal of Ashington town centre.
The new facility, funded by Northumberland County Council, will be the first point of contact for frontline council services including a library with the latest interactive technology, a registrar’s service, helpful advice and information, a café and meeting spaces all together in one location.
The contemporary leisure facilities will feature a new swimming pool, advanced gym facilities, spa, multi-functional sports hall and studio space to host classes and activities.
The new facility is expected to open in 2015.
Peter McIntyre, Arch Group managing director, said: “The start of the demolition work is a major step for the project and we are excited about turning the plans into reality.
“The new development is at the heart of plans to regenerate and revitalise Ashington town centre and provide superb new leisure activities and community-based services for local people.”