Plans for a new £25 million leisure complex on the seafront at Great Yarmouth have been approved.

The centre will replace the existing Marina Centre which has now closed.The borough council says it's a once in a generation investment and they hope it will be a year round boost to the economy.

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Building work should start in spring next year and it should be open in the summer of 2021.

It will include a 6 lane, 25 metre swimming pool suitable for competitions and galas, 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 be equipped with a health suite with sauna, steam and spa, 100-station health and fitness gym with views to the sea, four-court multi-purpose sports hall, fitness and spin studios, indoor climbing zone for all ages, and a café with views to the beach.

First look at plans for new Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council

In the next few weeks hoardings will be put up around the building as demolition starts.

The leaders of both the Conservative and Labour groups on the council issued a joint statement.

This is an important step in bringing forward this amazing state-of-the-art water and leisure complex, which will benefit the seafront and whole borough for up to 40 years, acting as a catalyst for potential further investment and an important community hub for the promotion of indoor and outdoor activity. The video is very exciting, and I would encourage everyone to have a look, as it gives a realistic sense of what the impressive new Marina Centre will look like, both inside and outside. Public feedback has been valuable in helping to finalise the designs for this landmark building, which is an important part of our wider seafront regeneration programme. The project continues to move ahead. The council is progressing through the formal procurement processes to appoint a main contractor for the construction."

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First look at plans for new Marina Centre in Great Yarmouth Credit: Great Yarmouth Borough Council