work is pressing ahead on the construction of Kirkcaldy’s new swimming pool complex.
The first sod was cut by the councillors at the heart of the project - Brian Goodall, chairman of Fife Council’s housing and communities committee and Alice Soper, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee.
The £15m Esplanade project is one of three in Fife to be built as part of the ‘Future of Leisure’ programme - Dunfermline and Glenrothes are the others.
The £15 million Kirkcaldy project, which includes two new swimming pools and dry-side facilities, is due to be complete by summer 2013.
Councillor Goodall said: ”It’s great that this project is continuing to make such positive progress.
‘‘I look forward to seeing the facility take shape so we can continue to improve access to sport, leisure and culture.
“Last year we saw the first of the three facilities completed with the fantastic Carnegie Leisure Centre in Dunfermline now open.
‘’It’s great to be able to see the new year start with more good news for the Future of Leisure programme.”
Councillor Alice Soper added: “Now work is under way we’re a step closer to having a new sports and leisure centre for Kirkcaldy area which will provide more than just a pool for the town.
‘’There will be a wealth of dry side facilities for the first time ever including a sports hall and purpose-built aerobics studio
‘’ The new centre will be an iconic building with unrivalled views of the waterfront in the heart of our town.”
Work is being carried out by Graham Construction on the former Tolbooth Street car park which was closed to the public on January 4.
Michael Graham, executive chairman of Graham Group, said: “The team set up on site prior to Christmas to arrange the diversion of existing services and begin groundworks.
“Over recent weeks our community liaison officer, Amanda Wright, and site project manager, Neil Douglas, have met with neighbouring businesses and worked hard to make sure everyone is kept well informed about the commencement of the work.
“Ground excavations are now under way to allow the construction of the swimming pool, which is the first major step towards Kirkcaldy’s great new facility.”