Work begins on £2.7m sports facility

PUBLISHED: 13:00 23 May 2012

Represetatives from North Somerset Council, Willmott Dixon, Brandon Trust and Worle Community School

Represetatives from North Somerset Council, Willmott Dixon, Brandon Trust and Worle Community School


THE first spade has gone in the ground at the site for a new community sports facility.

Construction has begun on the development at Worle Community School in Redwing Drive.

The new £2.7million amenity will be built by Willmott Dixon and include a fitness gym, artificial sports pitches, changing rooms, a café and kitchen, meeting rooms, a pottery and office space.

The provision of a new community reception will allow sports facilities to be opened up for public use.

As well as the centre being used by the community and Worle Community School, The Brandon Trust will also have a base in the new building.

The charity, which supports people with learning disabilities, will deliver its day care and pottery services there.

The community meals service is also moving to the new base and relocating these council services and asking for them to be delivered by Brandon Trust will save an estimated £92,000 a year.

Brandon Trust locality services manager Marie Forbes, who has been closely involved with the project said: “Our existing facilities at the old William Knowles Centre in Winterstoke Road are no longer fit for purpose.

“The move also means that the pottery should receive many more visitors, which will help to boost funds and widen its growing reputation for the production of colourful and decorative ceramics.”

The new facility will open in early 2013.

The school consulted with parents on the plans and initial results showed that two thirds of survey participants would use the gym and more than half would use the facilities all-year-round right through the week.

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