Bird's eye view of new £26m seaside leisure centre taking shape
- Credit: Gerry Crowther
The shape of things to come is emerging from a building site by the sea.
Drone images taken by Great Yarmouth resident Gerry Crowther show the pace of change along the resort's famous Golden Mile.
The £26m project will see a new leisure centre rise up in place of the old Marina Centre at the prominent seafront site.
In a statement, Great Yarmouth Borough Council said: “Since the virtual ground-breaking ceremony in January, construction of the borough’s new state-of-the-art landmark Marina Centre has progressed at pace and remains on schedule to open in summer 2022.
"Those who have visited the seafront for their daily exercise will have watched with excitement as the council’s major investment in the borough’s physical and economic health has started to take shape and rise above the hoardings.
"With the foundations complete, work on erecting the steel structure has commenced, with the steelworks for the Clip n Climb already in place.
"The contractor has also commenced concrete reinforcement works to the basement area, as well as excavating the base of the pool ready for the pipework, plus works associated with the centre’s car park.”
Mr Crowther, known for his involvement with the Great Yarmouth Lions Club, took the drone pictures on February 28 after an early morning mist had cleared.
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He said there was a scattering of people about in family groups and lots of outlets open selling fresh doughnuts and coffee.
The new Marina Centre is tipped as crucial to the town's economic recovery and the health of its residents.
Described as a year-round anchor attraction, it will include a six-lane 25m pool with full disabled access and suitable for competitions, a confidence water area and learner pool with moveable floor, leisure water with fun play features, two water flumes and a splash pad.
The complex will also have a 100-station health and fitness gym with views to the sea, a multi-purpose sports hall, indoor climbing zone for all ages, a café with "fabulous" views to the beach, and community spaces that can be used for a wide range of activities and services.