PLANS for a new Eastwood Leisure Centre and theatre have been given the green light by East Renfrewshire councillors.
The new facility will be created within Eastwood Park and will include a leisure centre, theatre, library and cultural facilities. The two-storey centre will boast a 50m pool, 20m training pool, a family fun pool with flume, a six-court games hall, large gym area and four fitness studios.
The theatre will have capacity for up to 350 people, with dedicated rehearsal space and a supporting studio theatre, as well as changing and dressing facilities.
The proposed masterplan also includes enhancing the outdoor space by creating areas for play and outdoor events. An amphitheatre space could accommodate up to 360 chairs if used for viewing of a performance, or the space could be used for festival, exhibition or market space.
Work will now be taken forward to finalise the plans before starting on site within the next year. The current leisure centre will continue operating during the construction period until the new facility opens.
Councillor Annette Ireland, convener of the planning applications committee at East Renfrewshire Council, said, “This is a very exciting project and will be an invaluable asset for the community. I can’t wait to see it get built.
“The current leisure centre is more than 40-years-old and is no longer fit for purpose. Creating this fantastic, modern facility will provide East Renfrewshire residents, and visitors from further afield, with a first class facility that will be there for generations to come.”