Exciting to see the centre taking shape so quickly

The New Washington Leisure Centre’s 25 metre pool basin was filled for the first time. When full, it holds nearly half-a-million litres (475,000 litres, 104,485 gallons or 835,883 pints) of water. The fire brigade filled the basin to test its quality.

Station Manager Steve Graham, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said, "This morning's work has been slotted into part of our training programme. It's given us a fresh challenge and an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with this major new facility for the community of Washington."

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Harry Trueman said, "It's really exciting to see the leisure centre taking shape so quickly. This is going to be a fantastic facility both for people in Washington and the wider city and it's an important part of the work we're doing to encourage more people to be more active.


Ian Haskell (fire fighter), Ian Parkin (Council Project Manager), Craig Jobson (Washington Leisure Centre), Gert-Jan Peeters (Pellikaan), Neil Burnett (fire fighter), Cllr Dianne Snowdon, Cllr Harry Trueman, Dave Smith, Bob Fosser (fire fighter)

Press release Sunderland Council: Leisure centre makes a splash
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