Rec Centre construction under way

Sean Car

Demolition has been completed and construction is now officially under way on the new Kensington Recreation Centre.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Cr Dr Olivia Ball visited the site with YMCA CEO Carolyn Morris on Thursday, May 5.

The Lord Mayor said it was “fantastic” to “see the significant progress that’s been made.”

“Demolition has now been completed and official construction work is getting under way,” Cr Capp said.

“This redevelopment will provide state-of-the-art facilities for residents, workers and visitors to enjoy.”

“It’ll also support the creation of around 170 jobs, as we deliver a brand new 25-metre pool, gym facilities, indoor multi-sports courts and community spaces.”

McCorkwell Constructions won the job of redeveloping the centre, which will include a 25-metre pool, three indoor multi-sports courts, a children’s water play area, and a wrap-around cafe.

It will also feature a gym, health, and wellness spaces, and three large flexible spaces as well as amenities suitable for a range of classes and community use.

Having served the community since 1976, the City of Melbourne identified a dire need to upgrade the KCRC to meet the community’s diverse needs.

The council’s latest 2022/23 budget includes $25 million for the project.

The project expected to be finished by 2023 •

 

Caption: YMCA’s Carolyn Morris (back centre), Cr Ball (back, third from right) and Lord Mayor Sally Capp (back, second from right) with the construction team on May 5. Photo: Murray Enders.

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