A £1.1 MILLION revamp of Haddington’s sports centre is due to be complete within the next 12 months.

Work on the extension, which will host a new gym, to the Aubigny Sports Centre got under way last week.

The new addition will offer significantly more space and an improved range of equipment.

It will feature Pulse Fitness equipment including a large free weights area with half racks, cable pulleys, an adjustable Olympic bench, multi-functional plate loaded machine, dumbbells up to 50kg and benches.

A functional training space will also be created featuring a training rig, powerbags, kettlebells, suspension training equipment, sledge and high-intensity training machines.

More traditional cardiovascular equipment will be maintained including new stepmills and fixed resistance machines to cater for all the community.

Work on the £1.1 million extension is expected to be completed by spring next year.

Hundreds of new homes have been built throughout Haddington in recent years.

Homes are continuing to be built at Letham Mains, on the town’s western edge.

The cost of work at the sports centre is being covered through developer contributions from new developments in the town.

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Tom Reid, head of infrastructure at East Lothian Council, said: “We are delighted to begin work on this very important project which will increase the size of the building, enabling a modern gym to be created.

“It will help meet demand for high-quality sport and recreation facilities of this kind in the local area.”

In the first instance, works will consist of excavations to facilitate utility cabling diversion.

The new, improved gym will complement other facilities at the Aubigny Sports Centre, including the swimming pool, dance studios/multi use rooms/sports hall.

Bill Axon, chief executive of Enjoy Leisure, which operates leisure centres in East Lothian on behalf of East Lothian Council, said: “The team here at Enjoy Leisure is thrilled about the extension at our Aubigny Sports Centre, which will provide a new gym area and updated equipment.

“The benefits of movement are endless, and we are confident the new facilities will offer many more people opportunities to boost their physical activity, which in turn will improve both their personal and mental wellbeing.

“Prevention by leading healthy lifestyles is always better than any cure.”