Moray’s new £12million sporting facility is starting to take shape, with the flooring installed in its huge multi-purpose hall.
The Moray Sports Centre is heading into its final stages of construction, with the doors expected to be opened to visitors for the first time during the summer.
Work started on the massive complex last May, and progress has been made quickly.
The facility will be the first of its kind in Moray, because it will be the only multi-purpose building in the region that will be able to host over 1,000 people at sporting events.
Once complete, the main building will host a gym, sports hall and restaurant. Tennis courts, running track and outdoor pitches have been proposed for outside.
The sports hall is being built to national competition levels, which means it can play host to national badminton, netball or table tennis competitions.
Angela Norrie, fundraising and sponsorship manager at Moray Sports Centre, was pleased at how much progress has been made.
She said: “I think the progress to date has been amazing, the centre is taking shape very quickly and the opportunities that it will bring when we open our doors – hopefully in June – are going to be incredible as well.
“Our venue will be for participating, we are going to be able to compete, we can hold our own local events and also bring others into our community as well.
“The build is going fantastically well, credit to everyone who has been involved so far.”
The sports centre will also include various meeting rooms, treatment rooms and studios that can be rented out by the community.
Additional facilities such as the tennis courts, outdoor pitches and sensory garden will be phased in after the opening depending on funding being secured.
Moray MP Douglas Ross raised the importance of the complex in the House of Commons during a debate on sport in the UK and is looking forward to using it.
He said: “It’s important to recognise the potential of not just the new sports hall but also the meeting rooms for the coaches and trainers to use.
“It is a purpose-built facility that will serve the needs of sportsmen and women around Moray.”