DEVELOPMENT progress in constructing the new Dinton Activity Centre in Hurst, Wokingham, has reached a ‘major milestone’ recently, as the modules were lifted into place.

The new building, costing the Wokingham Borough Council £2.4 million to construct and set to be the borough’s first carbon net-zero facility, had its main modules placed at the end of last week.

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Cllr Gregor Murray, executive member for resident services, communications and emissions said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see us move one step closer to our ambition of being carbon neutral by 2030.

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"Not only will the activity centre provide the community with state-of-the-art facilities, but it will also be our first energy-positive building."

The site, featuring an activity hall, coffee shop, lake side terrace, meeting rooms, changing rooms and cycle parking, is set to officially open in Spring 2021.

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Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: “We’re extremely pleased with the progress being made as the new building takes shape.

"With the centre’s lakeside views, wonderful watersports facilities, fully accessible changing facilities, and coffee shop, we can’t wait to open our doors to residents later this year."

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According to the council, 75 per cent of the new activity centre was built away from Dinton Pastures, with the intention of reducing carbon emissions in the construction process.

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