Alderney sports centre project to be completed by 2013

The proposed new sports centre
Image caption The centre will include a swimming pool, sports hall and gym

Alderney's new £2.2m sports centre is to be completed by the spring of 2013.

The Alderney Community and Sports Centre charitable trust has contracted UK firm Directline Structures to build the multi-purpose venue at York Hill.

Duncan Murray, the company's managing director, said: "The work on the centre will begin after the winter in March 2012 and take a year to complete."

Richard Willmott, the trust's chairman, said he was confident the company could "deliver a much-needed facility".

He said the centre would "play an important part in improving the health and well-being of the island's residents".

The 21,000 sq ft (1,951 sq m) centre will feature a swimming pool, a sports hall and a gym as well as a bowling alley and a cafe.

Mr Willmott said the trust anticipated having all the funding in place by the time construction was due to start.

A sports complex at the York Hill site was first suggested in 2003, but the original budget of £200,000 was later deemed unrealistic.

Mr Murray said: "We will work with local suppliers wherever possible, in addition to bringing in specialist staff when necessary."

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