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The Highland Council has awarded a contract to McGregor Construction to build a new £1.5 million leisure centre in Kingussie. It will see new sports and community facilities built in Spey Street, Kingussie, with a completion expected in the late summer of next year. The centre will feature a large sports hall, gym, changing rooms and a youth space. It will also house a meeting area.

Councillor Basil Dunlop, Chairman of Culture and Sport for Badenoch and Strathspey, said "A lot of planning and community effort has gone into this project. The Highland Council is delighted that construction is about to commence."

Bobby Nield, the Chairman of the Badenoch Project, added: "The Community has worked for years to achieve this day. We will be watching progress excitedly waiting for the day it opens".

Councillor Bob Severn, the local councillor for Kingussie said: "At last everybody’s hard work and effort is being seen to pay off. This will be a facility for everyone in Badenoch. It will have considerable use by schools as well as by the community."

Alastair Dempster, Chairman of sportscotland, said: "This new leisure centre in Kingussie is an exciting project that will be a great asset to the local community. sportscotland is confident that the construction of this facility will widen sporting opportunities in Badenoch, encouraging more people to get involved in their community through participating in and supporting local sport."

The Badenoch Leisure Centre Project has received considerable support from the sportscotland Lottery Fund and from Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey Enterprise.