The scheme is part of an ongoing investment programme by the council to replace outdated and inefficient leisure facilities with modern, purpose-built amenities that better serve local communities and encourage greater participation in sports.
The high-specification new build leisure centre includes a 25m swimming pool, eight-court sports hall, 80-station fitness suite, dance studios and café as well as outdoor pitches for football and rugby.
The two-storey steel-framed building also boasts a 12m learner pool with a moveable floor, to help younger or less able swimmers enter the water safely.
Designed to complement its surroundings on the Sedbergh Playing Fields site, the 5,100m² building features a large expanse of glazing to its façade, with solar shading panels and timber cladding elements, as wells as a striking aluminium roof design that wraps around the structure. The project is scheduled for completion in summer 2019.