Bromsgrove construction group Weaver has started work on a £1.2 million development at The Greig Centre, Alcester, to create 21st century leisure and recreational facilities for the people of the town and beyond.
Enhanced facilities will include health studio with state-of-the-art Techno gym equipment, a dance studio with sprung floor, creche, larger vending and seating areas and upgraded multi-use areas.
The project, which is due for completion in June 2006 , also includes improvements to the existing changing, shower and toilet facilities, plus outdoor spaces including a children's soft play area, river terrace and car parking.
Mark Weaver, marketing director at Weaver, said: "It is great to be involved with a development which will be of huge benefit to the community.
"Leisure and recreational developments such as The Greig Centre are becoming increasingly important as hubs where an inclusive cross-section of the public can meet, be entertained, educated and improve their fitness.
"We are delighted to be part of this local project."
Home to more than 80 regular groups, with ages ranging from one to 99, the Greig Centre was built in 1958, financed by local businessman David Greig in honour of wife Hannah Susan, who worked with young people in the community.
The centre is managed by professional staff employed by the Hannah Susan Greig Memorial Trust.
Funding is being provided by Stratford on Avon District Council (£800,000), Alcester Town Council (£150,000) and the Big Lottery Fund (£100,000), in support of the trust's own contribution.
Stacy Robinson, director of the centre, said: " Everyone involved is incredibly excited about this latest stage in its history. We are enormously grateful to the funding bodies which have made this possible."