SDC is building the new Flitwick Leisure Centre for Central Bedfordshire Council.
It has begun on the playing fields next door to the current centre, putting up hoardings and making the site ready for works that are expected to go on throughout 2015. The new centre is expected to be ready early in 2016.
The new building will include: an eight-lane 25m-long swimming pool, with separate learner pool; a four-court sports hall; a health and fitness suite; three exercise studios; and two squash courts.
The £13.4m contract price is significantly above the initial £11m estimate disclosed in the contract notice published earlier this year.