HORWICH’S new state-of-the-art £10m leisure centre is set to open next month.

The facilities are not open for use yet but a special sneak preview, ‘Open Weekend’ has been arranged for Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 for potential members to look around.

A special promotion – buy one membership, get one free (terms and conditions apply) - will be running until Sunday, November 26 for new members. All facilities are expected to be open for use from December 4.

Work has been now completed on the centre, which features a 25-metre six lane swimming pool, a teaching pool, a 100-station gym, spin and dance studios, a multi-purpose room and a four court sports hall.

Work to the building, in Church Street, was officially completed today, with the formal handover of the keys to Bolton Council for the new building.

The new building has taken just over a year to construct and it is part of a wider investment in Horwich including a new primary school and 3G pitch.

The centre has been jointly funded by Bolton Council and Bolton Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), who will also manage the facility.

Bolton Council’s Cabinet Member for Sport, Cllr John Byrne, said: "This is a fantastic new, modern leisure centre.

“I am delighted that our residents in Horwich and the surrounding area have all these wonderful facilities.

“We would invite everyone to take the opportunity to come and look around the centre – and use it.

“It will provide first class facilities and encourage people to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle. It is an exciting day for Horwich.”

Chair of BCLT, Dave Singleton, added: “We are delighted to have been able to work with the council to provide these fantastic facilities.”

Contractors Willmott Dixon has carried out the regeneration project.

Managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North, Anthony Dillon, said: “It’s a pleasure to have been involved in the creation of Horwich Leisure, providing cutting edge sporting facilities for the local community to enjoy.”