Green light for £1.5m revitalisation of sports centre
A major investment scheme is to take place to breathe new life into a sports centre.
Planning permission has been granted for a new £1.5million investment to refurbish and revitalise Newbiggin Sports and Community Centre.
Work is expected to start this summer and be completed by the end of the year after the plans were given a seal of approval by Northumberland County Council this week.
The Northumberland County Council scheme includes the refurbishment and re-modelling of the centre to provide modern leisure, library and community spaces.
Plans include a new and improved sporting offer.
Among the proposals the ground floor gym area will be refurbished and reconfigured to provide a dedicated cycling/spinning studio while the first floor will be converted into a new gym area with weights and state-of-the-art cardio equipment.
In addition, the three squash courts and viewing gallery will be refurbished and the six-court sports hall upgraded.
There will be new and improved changing facilities that will be available for sport and community use, including changing places that are designed to be fully accessible for those with additional needs.
A new, modern and welcoming reception area, a library and the creation of a community café and hub area are also included in the plan as well as some essential repairs to the fabric of the building,
The centre has two external full sized football pitches that are used by a number of local teams with officials at Northumberland County Council working with Newbiggin AFC, local clubs and the Football Foundation to provide new and enhanced grass pitches to the rear of the centre.
Mark Warnes, Chief Executive of Active Northumberland, was delighted with the news and moving one step closer to bringing the new facility to the community.
He said: “This upgrade work will breathe new life into the centre and provide a modern and much improved experience for the local community.
“Despite the coronavirus pandemic, rapid progress is continuing to be made on this scheme.
"The granting of planning permission marks another milestone and means we are one step closer to bringing these fantastic new facilities to the local community.”