IN PICTURES: The birth of Matlock’s £12m leisure centre

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.
Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Here’s a look back in pictures at the construction of Matlock’s state-of-the-art leisure centre.

Arc Leisure Centre marks its fifth anniversary next weekend with a special celebration.

Lord Sebastian Coe officially opened Matlock's new Arc Leisure Centre.

Lord Sebastian Coe officially opened Matlock's new Arc Leisure Centre.

The £12m centre - the biggest single development undertaken by Derbyshire Dales District Council - opened its doors to the public for the first time on Wednesday August 24, 2011.

Built on a reclaimed site between Matlock and Darley Dale, it replaced Matlock Lido which had served the community for over 70 years.

Alongside the eight-lane main pool which meets regional competition standards, the Arc boasts a learner pool, wet play area, two sports halls, a fitness suite, community facilities and a cafe.

Olympics figurehead Lord Sebastian Coe, who officially opened the centre two months later, said at the time: “With just 280 days to go until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games it is a privilege to formally open such an impressive leisure centre for the Derbyshire Dales.”

Lord Sebastian Coe officially opened Matlock's new Arc Leisure Centre.

Lord Sebastian Coe officially opened Matlock's new Arc Leisure Centre.

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, Arc Leisure Matlock will host an open day on Saturday August 20.

Admission will be £1 only for entry into participating activities which will include: swimming, pool inflatables, sample fitness classes, local club activities, fun fitness challenges, plus activities for kids including a bouncy castle, soft play area, fete stalls, golf and Matlock Fire Station’s fire truck.

Entrance proceeds taken on the day will go to Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre.

The Arc will also be promoting a series of special offers. For more on these, visit www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/things-to-do/leisure-centres/promotions-and-special-offers.

An aerial view of the construction work on the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock. Taken February 2011.

An aerial view of the construction work on the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock. Taken February 2011.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.

Construction of the Arc Leisure Centre in Matlock.