The new £6m community hub in Splott is set to open in September and we took a sneak peek to see what it looks like inside.
It includes a 25m, five-lane swimming pool, gym and fitness suite, a new library and multi-use community and leisure rooms as well as space to provide advice services, training rooms and a community café.
The swimming pool facilities also allow direct access into the water for wheelchairs.
Less than a year ago scheme contractors, Willmott Dixon, started preparing for the construction of the purpose-built community and leisure facility which will serve Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath.
Once the STAR Hub opens after the summer holidays the existing STAR Centre on Splott Road will close.
‘The facility will be a real asset for local people’
When the plans for the new hub were introduced, residents campaigned against the closure of the existing STAR centre and the demolition of the previous pool which was located on the site of the proposed hub.
The pool was later demolished to make way for the new community hub.
Parents were concerned about downsizing existing facilities, which they said were heavily used by adults and children in the area.
Cabinet member for community development, co-operatives and social enterprise, Councillor Peter Bradbury said: “Work on the new STAR hub is progressing extremely well and people in the area will have seen how the building has really taken shape over recent weeks.
“Although there’s work still to do before construction is completed later in the year, I have been extremely impressed with what I have seen of the building so far, both inside and out, particularly the swimming pool and the new library space.
“There has been a high level of community interest in this project and the facility will be a real asset for local people. It’s our first fully purpose-built hub and it represents a major investment by the council into the communities it serves.”
The project is part of the council’s Community Hubs programme, which invests in community services and facilities in priority areas, bringing together council and partner services under one roof with the aim of making it easier and more convenient for people to access those services.