WORK is starting on an investment in excess of £1million to install a new world class AstroTurf pitch, resurface the athletics track and extend the car parking facilities at Carmarthen Leisure Centre.
Carmarthenshire County Council is delivering the scheme, and work is getting underway on site this week.
The new AstroTurf pitch will see a carpet replacement that will be of such a high grade that it will be on par with the best pitches in the world.
It is due for completion at the end of October when a showcase game and coaching sessions are planned to introduce players to the new pitch.
Work to extend the car park is due to start in November, and be complete by the New Year, when work will then commence on the re-surfacing of the athletics track – due for completion by summer 2020.
Sixth form pupils from nearby QE High School with an interest in engineering or sport are being offered opportunities to work alongside contractors to understand construction methods and the science behind the project and to see the testing that takes place.
Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, the council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are working with PST Sport, a specialist firm from Ireland, to deliver this exciting redevelopment at Carmarthen Leisure Centre, and are pleased with their commitment to sourcing plant and material locally wherever possible.
“There will be some temporary upheaval whilst these works are underway, and we thank regular users for their patience whilst we await these brand new facilities.”