The Wakefield ONE swimming pool and fitness centre will be built on the site of the former Sun Lane baths, which closed in 2007.
And it will house a six-lane, 25m pool, a learner pool, a 100 station fitness suite, a multi-use activity and dance studio plus a spectator area.
Site preparations start on Monday and it is expected to be completed by summer next year to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics.
Coun Peter Box, leader of Wakefield Council, said: “We are all conscious that Wakefield was left without a swimming pool when Sun Lane closed.
“We had lengthy discussions on what should be provided in its place, and I am very pleased to see the start of work on the new pool on the original site.
“The state of the art sports facilities and attractive new building will be another great asset for the
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city, particularly coming so soon after the opening of the Hepworth Wakefield gallery and Trinity Walk shopping centre, which have already drawn thousands of people to the city.”
Wakefield ONE will also have disabled access throughout, a meeting room and cafe.
Council bosses say local sports clubs and community organisations are being consulted as the project progresses to make sure the new centre meets their needs.
Paul Denson, assistant director for project managers Drivers Jonas Deloitte, said: “We’ve been working hard to get the project to this stage, and its a real credit to the council and the project team that we are now starting on site.
“Wakefield ONE will be open at just the right time to coincide with the Olympics.
“This will be a fantastic facility that can be enjoyed by all the community and we are delighted to be playing a part in this.”
Plans for two new pools for the district were first announced in 2009 after plans for a stadium and sports village proposed for Thornes Park were scrapped.
But while the city centre pool is set to go ahead, plans for a £1.5m Hemsworth pool were scrapped last year.
For more information about the new facilities and regular updates and images are available at www.wakefield.go.uk/wakefieldone