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Barr chosen for Essex £9.5m leisure centre

A design and build contract for a £9.5 million to construct a new leisure centre in Essex has been awarded to Barr Construction.

Building work will start on the new centre at Witham in spring 2013 following further detailed design and site surveys with Braintree District Council.

Barr Construction managing director Barclay Chalmers said: “This is a very prestigious contract and this appointment demonstrates Barr Construction’s growing reputation in the sports and leisure sector. 

“We will be seeking to engage with local sub-contractors wherever possible and look forward to starting work on site in early 2013.”

The council’s cabinet member for communities, Cllr Joanne Beavis said: “We’re very pleased to have Barr Construction on board. As one of the UK’s leading design and construction companies, they have an excellent track record in design and construction of sports and leisure centres and we are confident they will deliver a high quality leisure facility to the town that will attract even more people to lead healthier, fitter lifestyles.”

The 9.5 million pound project to construct the new leisure centre, originally scheduled to start in November 2012 will begin in the spring of 2013 (subject to section 77 consent).   

This re-schedule was the consequence of recent changes in legislation which demanded that the council sought additional consents from central government to acquire the site. The new Witham Leisure Centre is now due to open in summer 2014

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