A “dream” £7 million sports and community centre could soon come true for Harleston.
Plans went on show on Wednesday and if no obstacles are raised the centre could open in little more than two years’ time.
The project has grown from an idea for a new sports hall at Harleston Primary School which DC3 - the Diss and Harleston Christian Community Church - could also use, and now includes conference and IT facilities, a cafe and curved cinema screen and even an external climbing wall.
The building will be carbon neutral with electricity-producing roof tiles and incorporate a sports hall big enough to accommodate four badminton courts and, with support from the Harleston Magpies Hockey Club, to stage events such as regional indoor hockey tournaments, said project leader Helen Adshead.
“Hopefully in a few years’ time Harleston will have a truly amazing building that everyone can be proud of and enjoy using,” she said.
It will be known as the Mosaic Centre to reflect the variety of activities at the centre and progress is being steered by the Mosaic Centre Management Group. This includes Mrs Adshead, primary school head Roger Walsh, chair of governors Bert Herrington, DC3 leader Graham Blake and church member Adrian Roy.
Mrs Adshead said that the management group would be seeking major financing from sources such as the European Regeneration Fund and Sport England, although all donations would be appreciated and can be given through the Mosaic Centre website. The next need for funding will be a £25,000 feasibility study and although emphasising that everything would “need to go swimmingly”, Mrs Adshead said that an opening in September 21016 was a possibility.
“This is an exciting time. Our aim is to bring prosperity to the town and a greater sense of community.”