the long-awaited multi-million-pound Andover leisure centre will open its doors on April the 1st.

Following two years of works, the state-of-the-art leisure facility will be open to the public at the start of April.

Featuring swimming pools, sports halls, squash courts and a 165-station gym, the new facility will replace the old centre which sits next door.

As part of the leisure contract between Test Valley Borough Council and Places Leisure, a new high-quality facility was promised for Andover.

The leader of Test Valley Borough Council, councillor Phil North, said: “I am absolutely thrilled at the level of quality throughout our brand new centre. Everyone who has played a part in its design and build has done a fantastic job.

“I’m sure many happy hours will be spent at the centre by residents of Andover and further afield and I’m very grateful to Places Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and architects, Roberts Limbrick for delivering a fabulous facility on time.

“We pledged to deliver a state-of-the-art facility and I’m so pleased that we have done that right in the town centre.”

Community and leisure portfolio holder, councillor Tony Ward, said: “The quality of the equipment at our new leisure centre is second to none. We are very excited for people to come and see it and I’m sure they are likely to make the most of our new facilities.

“We have listened to residents and included studios and multi-purpose areas to try and suit all needs across the two floors.