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Work begins on 35m sports centre

Artist impression of the centre
The centre is a possible training venue for the 2012 Paralympic Games

Work has begun on a 35m sports centre at the University of Surrey.

The Surrey Centre for Sport at Manor Park, part of the university campus in Guildford, will have a 50m (164ft) pool and three new sports halls.

It will also feature eight floodlit tennis courts, two artificial pitches, a health and fitness suite, as well as a cafe and social area.

The building work began on Tuesday and the centre is expected to be finished by January 2010.

Professor Christopher Snowden of the University of Surrey said the development would provide world class facilities.

"We are extremely proud to have arrived at this point, the Surrey Centre for Sport will be of enormous benefit to sport in Surrey," he said.

Earlier in June, the centre was included in a guide to suggested training venues for the 2012 Paralympic Games.


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