Central Ayrshire MP Brian Donohoe says his stance over a replacement Magnum has been vindicated by North Ayrshire Council.
Mr Donohoe has argued all along the current building is not fit for purpose and refurbishment would cost more than a brand new centre.
This week, Mr Donohoe’s views were supported by the local authority ahead of next month’s crucial planning application.
Council chief executive Elma Murray told him the current Magnum would require significant investment to address all the issues with the structure and fabric of the building and the services.
Even if the building was fully restored, the facility is of a size that is unsustainable. Staff and energy costs are high compared to more modern and efficient facilities. The complexity of the design and operation of the Magnum make it much more expensive to operate than more modern leisure facilities.
The MP said: “This proves beyond doubt that I was right to support a new building. Not only will it be right in the town centre but it will benefit the whole community.
“It will breathe new life into the town centre. It is part of a multi-million pound much needed investment in the centre of Irvine which we all hope will halt the decline of the once vibrant area.
“Refurbishing the Magnum was never a goer. It is an old building, and constructed to a dated design. The running costs alone must surely rule out any refurbishment.
“It costs £660,000 more to run than it generates in income. This deficit has to be subsidised by the council and I firmly believe this money could be used to sports development rather than being spent on an outdated leisure centre.
“I’m told the current astronomical running costs will be halved when the new building is up and running. This will be due to energy saving measures including efficient heating, lighting and ventilation.
“The new centre will include a highly efficient heat recovery system, high performance insulation and maximum use of natural light.
“I think all this latest information vindicates my stance on the Magnum and its replacement with a new modern, user-friendly and conveniently located leisure centre.