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New Afan Lido Gets Green Light

Wednesday, July 17th 2013 08:45

Artist's impression of the new Afan Lido

£13.4million plan for leisure facility

Plans and designs for the new Afan Lido sports complex have been given the go ahead by Neath Port Talbot councillors today.

The new £13.4 million building will include a 25 metre swimming pool, a state of the art fitness suite and a Youth Club.

Planning applications will be submitted in the coming weeks.

Construction work is due to start at the end of the year and will take 15 months to complete.

The original Afan Lido was destroyed by fire in December 2009.

The new £13.4 million facility, which will be built on the Hollywood Park site, next to the cinema on Aberavon Seafront, will feature:

  • 8 lane, 25metres swimming pool with boom and moveable floor
  • Learner/splash pool
  • 100 seat wet-side spectator gallery
  • Wet & dry side changing facilities
  • Café
  • Indoor children’s soft play area
  • Community meeting rooms
  • Youth club facility
  • 100 station fitness suite
  • Combined dance studio/dojo
  • Spin room
  • 4 court sports hall with seating for 100 spectators (6 courts if possible)

The design features an iconic wave roof to reflect its seafront location. Priority will be given to achieving a building of the highest environmental and energy efficiency standards and also to minimise future maintenance and repairs.

The remaining developer in the tender process can submit a planning application in the next few weeks.

The aim is for construction to start by the end of this year. It’s estimated that the project will take about 15 months to complete.

Leader of Neath Port Talbot, Ali Thomas said: "I am proud of everyone who has played a part in this whole process from elected members to officers and the public.

"Now that we can see what it will look like, I’m sure that everyone will be as excited as I am to see such wonderful twenty first century facilities for local people and visitors alike to enjoy.

"It will certainly be a focal point to enhance our strategy and vision for regenerating the whole area."

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