The excitement surrounding the new Riverside leisure complex has just ramped up with the release of a stunning new set of interior designs.

Chelmsford City Council has bookmarked the project for major investment, which will give residents and visitors a leisure and ice facility unrivalled in Essex.

The new leisure centre is expected to serve the city for the next 60 years.

The council has now released the latest artist’s impressions showing the inside of the building to the public.

Construction work has also begun on the new health and fitness studios, 120-station gym, soft play area and creche. On entry, customers will be greeted in a light and welcoming reception foyer, while first-floor walkways will connect the new facilities to the existing sports hall and ice rink.

Towards the end of October, the existing sports hall and ice rink will close while they are given a makeover and connected to the new facilities.

New flooring and decoration will be installed in the sports hall, while a single entrance will join the ice rink to the rest of the building.

Extra money will be spent on the new complex and the upgrade of the existing ice rink and sports hall, following the award of a £1.5 million grant from Sport England.

Councillor Julia Jeapes, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The investment in this project reflects the importance that the council places on providing first-class facilities for the City of Chelmsford.

“It complements the new developments taking place and provides a resource for our growing population. It is located in the heart of our city and sets out our vision for the future in making Chelmsford a great place to live, work and visit.

“The project continues to be very complex and demanding, but we are determined to provide a high-quality build that will stand the test of time, while ensuring value for money.”

There will also be a major upgrade to the public areas surrounding the centre.

The council will be investing a further £2 million in the project. Improvements will include landscaping the Riverside Walk from Prezzo to Victoria Road, creating a green route with new trees, a better footpath and cycleway, and improved lighting.