Rain hits domes

Alan Cruickshanks outside the sports dome
Alan Cruickshanks outside the sports dome

PROGRESS on a multi-million pound sport and leisure development in Seaton Carew has been hampered by recent downpours.

Two large sports domes housing indoor football pitches and state-of-the-art golf facilities have been erected by the Mayfair Centre as part of a £7m housing and leisure development.

The recent relentless rain has delayed some construction work.

But bosses hope the development will open to the public before Christmas.

The biggest sports dome, measuring 440ft long and 170ft wide houses six five-a-side football pitches.

The second smaller dome will give golfers the opportunity to improve their game using the latest simulators.

Alan Cruickshank, marketing director for Sports Domes, a trading arm of Seaton Leisure, said: “The golf dome should be complete by the end of next week and the football dome around the same time and we aim to open in mid-December.

“Because of the amount of surface water it is restricting our access on site and getting the tarmac down.

“It has knocked us a little bit but we don’t know the impact yet.”

Leaflets about the project are being posted through letter boxes across Seaton and last Friday managers hosted an event at the Staincliffe Hotel to help spread the word.

Mr Cruickshank added: “Although it is only half a mile down the road a lot of people don’t realise it’s there.

“We are trying to engage with the public and make people aware of its progress.

“A lot of people are intrigued when they see the domes and wonder what it is.

“Once everything is in place it will be a fantastic venue for everyone to use.”

The development is creating more than 30 jobs and recruitment to get the right team in place is continuing.

The existing Mayfair Centre is being converted into a state-of-the-art gymnasium, restaurant, sports bar and conference suite.

Facilities for children include an adventure playground, an interactive playroom and a sensory room for children with special needs.

An outdoor pitch and putt area is due to open early next year.

The scheme will also see 244 new houses built in partnership with Persimmon Homes in a phased development over the next three years.