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Cash boost for new leisure centre

A grant of almost £2m has been awarded to help build a new leisure centre in Plymouth.

A contractor for the £46.5m Life Centre in Central Park is due to be appointed in November, with work on the site expected to begin later this year.

The existing Mayflower Leisure Centre and park pool are to be demolished to make way for the new centre which is set to open in September 2011.

The £1.99m grant has been provided by Sport England.

The rest of the project is to be funded through money raised via council borrowing, the sale of some of its assets and a £2.5m contribution from the University of Plymouth.

Plans for the centre were approved by Plymouth City Council in August.

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