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Barr Construction to build £20m Irvine Leisure Centre before McLaughlin & Harvey name change

Barr Construction has landed a £20m deal to build a new leisure centre in Ayrshire in one of its final deals before rebranding as McLaughlin & Harvey.

The contractor will start work next month on a facility to replace the Magnum Leisure Centre, built in the 1970s.

It will be one of the final projects delivered under the ‘Barr Construction’ name following the December merger with McLaughlin & Harvey.

The new facility will feature a main pool, a teaching pool, a six-court sports hall, studios, a fitness suite, and both wet and dry changing areas. Both pools will have a viewing area at mezzanine level for spectators.

An existing Grade B Listed town house will be integrated into the new facility and Barr Construction will restore and refurbish the property by installing a reception area, offices, research and creative rooms. The facility will also include a function hall and exhibition areas.

The Barr team will work with North Ayrshire Council and pupils by holding mock job interviews and running school workshops in science, maths and technology.

Irvine Leisure Centre is set to open its doors in January 2017.

The merger with McLaughlin & Harvey will create one UK-wide operator with turnover in excess of £400m.

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