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Work to rebuild Batchwood sports centre after devastating fire has begun
Work to rebuild the main Batchwood Sports centre following a fire that destroyed the facility in August 2011 has begun.
St Albans District Council contractors Willmott Dixon are now working on the sports facility which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2014.
The new Batchwood Sports Centre will be an East of England regional centre of excellence and aims to be of a quality to attract top athletes.
There will be six indoor tennis courts on site, a special judo dojo facility and other multi-purpose facilities suitable for a wide range of sports activities.
An exhibition about the new sports centre facility is currently on display in the foyer to the council’s offices at the Civic Centre in St Peter’s Street.
The fire also destroyed the golf and bowls clubhouses at Batchwood. New pavilions for both sports are now rebuilt and occupied by the Batchwood Hall Golf Club and Batchwood Hall Bowling Club.
Councillor Mike Wakely, portfolio holder for sports, leisure and heritage at the council, said: “It is fantastic news that construction work has started on the new Batchwood Sports Centre.
“It will have a greater variety of sports facilities than its predecessor which was destroyed in the fire.
“There will be enhanced facilities for the high performance tennis centre, where potential tennis stars of the future will be coached. In addition, there will specialist judo facilities and the gym and squash courts will be refurbished.
“I want to thank Leisure Connection and their tennis coaches who have kept the tennis coaching programme going at other sports facilities in the District while Batchwood is rebuilt.
"Soon they will have a new enhanced facility to help them develop young talent.”
Residents interested in joining the tennis coaching programme, should contact the council’s leisure contractor for Batchwood, Leisure Connection on 01727 844250.
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