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£31 million civic and leisure centre opens in Redcar

Martial arts class in the new Redcar leisure facility. Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

After more than a decade, Redcar once again has a public swimming pool, as the town's new £31 million leisure and civic centre opens this weekend (26 April).

Redcar's new public swimming pool. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It includes a pool area, complete with a wave simulating machine, as well as a huge gym and sports hall and fitness studios, which will also be used by local groups. The facility replaces the Redcar Bowl.

The new gym facility. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The complex, on Ridley Street, houses the council chamber and registry office, as well as office space available for local businesses.

Exterior of new complex. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It'll be known as Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart and it marks the completion of a £75 million scheme to revive the town, which includes work along the seafront and the new Redcar Beacon.

The new registry office. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Gerry Brough, the council's director of regeneration services, says the facility should benefit the whole area.