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Great Yarmouth Marina Centre's replacement could cost £26m in feasibility study

Views from sea of the Yarmouth Outer Harbour, Marina Centre and seafront.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Views from sea of the Yarmouth Outer Harbour, Marina Centre and seafront. Picture: Nick Butcher

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The massive building which makes up the Marina Centre on Great Yarmouth's seafront could be torn down and replaced with a new leisure facility.

Aerial view of the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, 29th March 1981. Photo: Archant LibraryAerial view of the Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, 29th March 1981. Photo: Archant Library

The replacement leisure complex could cost up to £26m to build if the green light is given to replace the present facility, which opened in 1981.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s full council will hear it is recommended the centre be replaced with a new building along the Golden Mile.

The council has looked at six options for a new building, with costs ranging from £20,759,000 to £26,278,000.

While the plans are still at an early stage the council says the new leisure centre could be built by 2022 if the go ahead is eventually given.

The public inspect the wave-making machine at Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, 12th June 1981. Photo: Archant LibraryThe public inspect the wave-making machine at Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth, 12th June 1981. Photo: Archant Library

Next Thursday, a full meeting of the council will consider and debate a paper called “Marina Leisure Centre - New Build Options Appraisal”.

The centre option recommended to be taken forward includes an eight-lane 25m pool with poolside spectator seating; learner pool; poolside health suite with sauna, steam and spa; interactive indoor climbing; sports hall; 100-station health and fitness gym; fitness studio; spin studio; squash courts; café and 250 parking spaces.

Further exploration of including an additional leisure water facility at the centre is also recommended.

It is recommended the council spend £120,000 to progress the project through a detailed feasibility report.

The council says the new building could last 40 years and will provide value to the taxpayer.

No decision has yet been made on the design of a new centre or its exact location, which would be investigated as part of the detailed feasibility study.

The Marina Centre, which is run by Sentinel Leisure Trust, currently has 105 parking spaces and is home to the Retroskate rollerskating venue.

The borough council says a feasibility study would include a sports hall which would be available for a range of uses, including artistic rollerskating and that Sentinel Leisure Trust would carry out discussions with Retroskate as part of the process.

Sentinel has just completed a £300,000 investment at the Marina Centre’s gym.

The council says as the new centre may not open until 2022 the new equipment will get plenty of use before any changes are made.

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