DUNFERMLINE’S new state of the art sports and leisure centre has been officially opened.
Councillor Joe Rosiejak, chair of the City of Dunfermline area committee, hosted a ceremony which also featured a waterpolo match.
Carnegie is the first of three sports and leisure centres in Fife to be finished as part of the Future of Leisure programme which, when complete, will have seen the council invest £55 million in new facilities in Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy too.
The Future of Leisure project has also received £3.6 million funding from sportscotland Sport Facilities Fund.
Fife Council’s design team worked together with project managers Turner & Townsend and main contractor Barr Construction to retain and enhance many of the original Edwardian aspects of the building.
Facilities included are a 25 metre, six-lane, deck level pool with underwater moveable floor; new café, purpose built play centre and party room; wetside communal changing village; health suite with integrated steam room, sauna, hot room and spa bath; state-of-the-art fitness suite and gym, two aerobic studios with cardio gym area and multi-purpose activity room, new sports hall and a climbing wall.
Councillor Brian Goodall, chair of the housing and communities committee, said: “The stunning new Carnegie Leisure Centre showcases the beautiful original period features of this historic building whilst delivering fantastic state of the art facilities.”
Shona Robison MSP minister for Commonwealth Games and sport said: “The Carnegie Leisure Centre is a tremendous addition to the whole community and I am hugely impressed with the way in which it has been developed and shaped to encourage people to participate in sport at a level which suits their abilities.
“The top range of facilities and programmes on offer and delivered by highly qualified staff are impressive and I am sure the people of Fife will benefit from the centre and encourage them to keep them fit for many years to come.”
Louise Martin CBE, chair of sportscotland added: “The fact that the centre is already welcoming record numbers through the doors is testament to the hard work that has gone into designing a centre that really meets the needs of the local community; from leisure users to some of the region’s best athletes.”
Ed Watson, chief executive of the Fife Sport and Leisure Trust added: “Carnegie Leisure Centre delivers a fantastic resource for local communities – it is ideally equipped to support local sports clubs as well as people looking to get active and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”