THE name of the new community hub for Hebburn has today been unveiled.
The state-of-the art facility will be called Hebburn Central, reflecting its position at the heart of the town.
The new building will play a central role in residents’ lives, as a meeting point and a place where they can access several services under one roof.
Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader for South Tyneside Council, with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “This is an exciting time for the town centre and I for one am looking forward to seeing Hebburn Central when it is finished.
“It will not only serve as a first-class leisure facility, but an important community and social venue that will help to enhance the health and wellbeing of residents of all ages.
“The naming of the new building is a key milestone in this project, which is right on schedule for completion in the spring.”
The two-storey building will include a six-lane swimming pool, a learner pool, fitness suite, sports hall, dance studio, soft play area, library, learning centre and cafe, as well as meeting rooms and a customer service centre.
The Hebburn Central logo shows four arrows meeting at a central point.
It was designed to represent the community coming together and a range of different services being brought together under one roof.
The colours – red, black and grey, complement the building and its interior.
Coun Eddie McAtominey, chairman of the Hebburn Regeneration Board, which recommended the name for agreement by council leadership, said: “Hebburn Central is a key element of the town centre’s transformation, and I think the whole community is going to be really proud of it.
“We are bringing together services and activities that are currently delivered from a number of locations.
“This high-quality building heralds the beginning of a vibrant new town centre and paves the way for future development.”
Coun Richard Porthouse, chairman of Hebburn community area forum, added: “Hebburn Central is exactly what the people of Hebburn need and want, and is going to be become a real focal point of the community.
“People can drop in for a coffee or to exercise, children can enjoy the soft play, and community groups can hold regular meetings.
Construction of the building is ongoing and is on schedule for completion in the spring.