The construction of a £38M Essex sports centre earmarked as a training camp for the Olympic Games in London in 2012 will begin in October.
Local authority chiefs approved detailed funding plans for the Basildon Sporting Village, which is set to include a 50-metre swimming pool with seating for 450 spectators.
Basildon District Council awarded the contract to Community Solutions for Leisure. The complex is set to open in April 2011.
Deputy council leader Stephen Horgan said: “We can be proud that we will be creating a facility that will include the only 50-metre pool in Essex and a regional gymnastics centre for gymnasts from novice to Olympian standard.
“The most important point is that the Sporting Village is for everybody from residents that want to lead an active life to competition athletes through to the champions of the future.”
The complex will provide facilities for a variety of different sports such as athletics, swimming, diving, gymnastics, trampoline, badminton, netball, basketball and five-a-side football.
A large sports hall, a regional gymnastics centre, fitness centre, multi purpose studio, and climbing wall will also be incorporated into the facility along with meeting and function rooms, a cafe and a car park.