Plans to transform a popular community centre in South Tyneside mean it has to close for more than a year for refurbishment work.
The £3m revamp of Jarrow Hub will see the current community centre in Cambrian Street transformed into a multi-purpose leisure facility incorporating a new library.
The existing gym, sports hall, dance studios and theatre space will be redesigned, along with refurbished toilets and changing facilities. A new entrance and external façade are also planned.
Jarrow Hub will be closed to the public from Sunday, September 3, to enable the improvement works to begin, and is expected to reopen late next year.
The modernisation project forms part of the council’s long-term plan for community centre in the borough.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “We are delighted that work will soon start on the new Jarrow Hub.
“It’s a key milestone in our delivery of more sustainable leisure and community facilities for the people of South Tyneside.
“The project involves revitalising a valuable local asset, to broaden its appeal to the wider community and to create a vibrant social venue that will not only serve as a real focal point for local people but help to enhance the health and wellbeing of all of our residents.”
Centre users are being encouraged to make use of the borough’s five other leisure facilities – Monkton Stadium, Temple Park Centre, Hebburn Central, Haven Point and Jarrow Community Pool – for the duration of the work.
The Mid-Tyne Activities Centre and Millennium PHAB Club will not be affected and will remain open.
Coun Kerr added: “The refurbishment of Jarrow Hub comes after building Haven Point in South Shields and will join the new Hebburn Central in providing first class leisure and community facilities for residents and visitors to the area.”
For further information about leisure facilities in South Tyneside, go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/leisure or follow @STyneLeisure on Twitter.