Alongside could be a residential development of approximately 400 homes, subject to planning permission, to offset the cost of the leisure centre. Alternatively, the entire current site could be housing and the leisure centre relocated elsewhere in Hove.
A council report in July 2013 estimated a new leisure centre would cost £40m to build. Overall development value, including the housing, is estimated at between £140m and £170m.
The current leisure centre was built in the 1930s and is expensive to run.
A tendering notice alerting developers has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Deadline for submissions from interested parties is Monday 10th November.
Up to five firms will then be invited for more talks to develop initial proposals for the new leisure centre, leading to a reduced shortlist of companies being invited to submit final tenders in spring 2015. A decision on a preferred developer is expected to be made during summer 2015.
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