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18 Feb

Frequently asked Customer Question and Answers

Closing and opening dates:

Question Answer
When will the buildings close:

Waves

CLC

Cascades

 

Waves closes Sat 20th June 2020

Craigavon closes Sat 4th July 2020

Cascades closes Fri 14th August 2020

Why is Waves closing first? Waves is the oldest of the three and is currently in the poorest condition.
Why not keep CLC open rather than Cascades as it more central? CLC has the smallest pool and we want to be able to continue with a swim programme up until SLLC opens. Cascades provides the best opportunity for this.
Why is there a gap between Waves/CLC closing and SLLC opening? We need to properly train the staff on all the new systems and operating procedures before SLLC can open. Some of this can be done prior to handover of the building to ABC and we want to start this asap, but some has to wait until we are on-site. Also July is a very busy holiday period so some staff will be on leave and unavailable for training.
Why close the centres over the summer holidays when people want to use the leisure centres? We need to properly train staff on all the systems and operating procedures before SLLC can open. The building will be handed over to council on 3rd July; and we want to open it to the public asap after that. This means that the other centres have to close to release staff for training.
When will SLLC open? Saturday 15th August 2020.
What will happen to the buildings being closed They will be secured. The Council is currently considering options.

SLLC building - General

Question Answer
What is the opening and closing times for SLLC? Please see Appendix 1.
Car parking – how many available spaces? There are 360 available spaces.
How many disability parking spaces are available? 28 spaces are available.
Booths to book classes? Yes, there will be booths to swipe in and out so that customers do not have to go to reception.
Guide dog/service dog in the building? Yes, guide and service dogs will be allowed in to the new SLLC building as is the case across the borough – the procedure for this will need to be considered.
Will be applying for a Disability excellence award for SLLC? Council will be going forward for a disability excellence award for SLLC once it opens.
Are there any changing places available in the SLLC building? There are two changing places available in the new SLLC building – one in the wet side and one in the dry side.
Are there public toilets available? Public toilets are available in the SLLC building in the reception area.
Will there be free wi-fi for customers? Yes.
Will there be a bus service to transport people from the town centres of Lurgan & Portadown to SLLC. If so will it run regularly each day and cover the opening and closing times of SLLC? There is a bus service that runs from each of the town centres past SLLC. We will work with Translink to identify any gaps in service. See Appendix 4
Is there a buggy park available? Yes, a buggy park is available in SLLC.
Will there be renewable energy sources for the building? A roof-mounted (photovoltaic) system;

This system is a grid connected PV installation comprising of a roof mounted array of thirty panels with a total area of 6m x 11m

Membership

When can you buy a membership? Membership for SLLC can be purchased May 2020

 

What memberships are available? Membership all sites gym/classes , Membership specific sites gym/classes , swimming only, health & beauty suite + gym/classes, Junior membership, terms of family membership still to be agreed.
Will there be a gap in membership when the three current buildings close to make way for SLLC? There will be a gap in membership when the C/Avon buildings close and the new building opens:

 

Waves closes Sat 20th June 2020

Craigavon closes Sat 4th July 2020

Cascades closes Fri 14th August 2020

SLLC opens 15th August 2020

Can we freeze memberships? Yes, memberships can be frozen if the customer requests this but they will not be able to use any of the centres whilst their membership is frozen.
Will I have to do an induction in each gym? Only one induction will need to be carried out, as all gym equipment Is the same across all of the gyms in the Borough.
Is there a family membership? This is still being considered
Is there a junior membership? There is a junior membership that can be paid for by DD
Gap in membership when a building closes until SLLC opens – compensation? Customers have the choice to either retain their membership or have use of all the other facilities across the borough for a £10 reduction on the monthly rate or to freeze their membership until SLLC opens.
What will happen to my cash monthly/annual membership when my centre closes? This will be frozen if the customer requests this or alternatively a refund can be given.
Will I be able to use one of the other centres including Banbridge, Dromore, Gilford and Armagh when my centre closes? Yes, customers will be offered the use of another centre of their choice.
Can I freeze my membership when my centre closes until SLLC opens without any penalty? Yes, you can freeze your membership.There will be no penalty.
My membership currently includes use of the health suite will there be a package which includes use of Health suite in SLLC? Yes, there will be a membership that includes use of the health & beauty suite.
 How long will Waves be closed before SLLC is open? There will be an 8 week gap until SLLC is open.
If I take out a new yearly membership, will it be carried forward and if the pool is closed, can I get an extension on my membership if I do not want to use other Council facilities. Customers have the choice to either retain their membership and have use of all the other facilities across the borough for a £10 reduction on the their monthly rate or to freeze their membership until SLLC opens.

Soft Play

Question Answer
Opening times of soft play These are still to be agreed.
Can the soft play be booked exclusively for a birthday party Yes, although prices are still to be determined.
Is there an age limit for the soft play area This is still to be agreed.
Will this area need to be supervised by staff No, staff will not supervise this area.

Sensory Room

Question Answer
Who can use the sensory room Anyone who feels their child would benefit from this calming, sensory area are welcome to avail of it.
Will the sensory be open at all times The sensory room will be available during opening hours.
Is there a charge for using the room No.

SLLC building - Wet side

General Queries

Question Answer
Will over 60’s still get free swimming during public swim times? Yes, this will continue.
Is there village style changing rooms available? There are village style changing rooms that serves 50mt, 20mt and leisure water.
What is the disability access to the pools? There is a pool pod available at the 50mt pool

Pool hoist 20 mt pool.

Are there family changing rooms available? There are 5 family rooms available.
Adult to child ratio when swimming? This will remain unchanged.
Can swimming lessons be paid for by DD? Yes, this option will be available and those children in the swimming lessons will be able to swim free during public swim times.
Swimming lesson prices? The swimming lesson prices will have a concession price for those parents who fall in to these categories.

Leisure Water

Question Answer
Age for using leisure water? The leisure water can be used by children up to the age of 8yrs.
Can the leisure water be booked exclusively for a birthday party? This is still to be clarified.

Health Suite

Question Answer
Is there an age limit for using the health & beauty suite? This is still to be clarified.
Will the health & beauty suite be available for bookings for a private party e.g. hen parties … Yes, this will be available for private functions.
Will robes be made available for users? Yes.
Will customer be able to use the health suite after a swim? Yes, but they have to pay for this option or have a membership to do so.
Is there a max number of users allowed in the health suite? This will be clarified at a later date.

50 mt Pool

Question Answer
How many booms are there in this pool? There are two booms, one that traverses from the right hand side to the left and the other rises from the pool deck.
Total wet changing capacity? 119 people.
Will there always be pubic swimming sessions available when the pool is open? There will always be public swimming available when the pool is open.
When will the pool be configured into 50mts? The programme of activities is being worked on now; this information will be shared as soon as possible.
When will the swimming clubs be using the pool? Each of the swimming clubs in the borough were asked to put forward their request for the times that they want to use the pool; these are currently being considered.
Is there a timing system available in the pool hall? Yes, there will be a timing system in the pool.
What is the capacity of the viewing gallery? 280 people.

20mt pool

Question Answer
Will water aerobics be held in this pool Yes, water aerobics will be held in this pool.
Will this be available for public swimming Yes, the area will be provided for public swimming when required.
What is the depth 0.9-1.2m.

SLLC building - Dry side

Rooms

Question Answer
Will there be a birthday party package – what will this be? Yes, prices are still to be agreed.
Can you book a birthday party on line? Yes, we aim to have birthday parties bookings available on line.
Can customers bring in their own food to a birthday party? No. We will have a café available on site.
Letting policy – for rooms? This will have to be considered.
How many activity rooms are available? Level 0 – Reception level

·         Room 1A; 52.22m2

·         Room 1B; 60.03m2

o   Both rooms can be opened up to form a single room

·         Room 2; 88.75m2

·         Room 3; 77.47m2

o   Both rooms can be opened up to form a single room

 

Level 2 – Gym/Health Suite level

·         Studio 02; 166.71m2

·         Studio 07; 135.65m2

o   Both rooms can be opened up to form a single room.

Squash Courts

Question Answer
How many squash courts are there? 2 squash courts with a glass back.

There is a moveable wall between courts.

Where are the squash courts in the building? They are in the reception area.
Is there a viewing area? There is a viewing area to the rear.

Main Hall

Question Answer
Will existing customers be accommodated in the main hall? Yes, existing customers will be accommodated and will be spoken to individually.
Will there be availability for new groups/clubs/org? Yes, there should be availability for others/new customers.
Is there a block booking policy for the main hall? A new block booking policy is being worked on at the moment.
Is there a timing system in the hall? Yes, there is a timing system in the hall.
How many courts are available in the hall? There are 8 full size badminton courts.
Is there a viewing gallery in the hall? There is no viewing gallery; however, there are viewing points.
Is there seating available in the hall for spectators? There is bleacher seating available in the hall.
What i flooring is being used? Compacted Beachwood.
What markings will be on the floor? Basketball, badminton, boccia, futsal, netball, volleyball.

Height adjustable basketball goals are being provided.

Electronic timing system? There is a scoreboard being provided.

Gym/Spin/Dance studio

Question Answer
How many spin bikes are available? 45 will be available in the room.

 

What is the classes timetable? This is being considered at the moment.

Opening and Closing Times for SLLC

Fitness Suite
Monday – Friday 06:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 08:00 – 19:00
Dry Side
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 09:00 – 19:00
Main Pool
Monday – Friday 06:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 08:00 – 19:00
Learner Pool
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 09:00 – 19:00
Café – Under Review
Monday – Friday 09:00 – 21:00
Saturday & Sunday 11:00 – 19:00
Health Suite – Under Review
Monday – Friday 11:00 – 22:00
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 19:00

Membership Prices

Swim only membership
All Facilities £19.95
Gym/swim and classes
Premier All Facilities £29.95
Standard Tier 2 facilities £22.00
Junior Juniors 12 – 16 £16.00
Junior Juniors Under 12 £12.00
  Thermal spa (SLLC only) Bolt on to membership £15.00

Swimming

Standard Concession Over 60 and under 4
Public swimming Swim £3.90 £2.50 FREE
Family swim £11.00 £7.10
Fun pool sessions Per visit £4.00 £3.50
Per visit toddler time £6.00

 

Swimming lessons Standard Concession
Junior per lesson £6.00 £24.00 DD
Adult per lesson £6.00
Parent & Toddler session £6.00
1 – 1 Lessons 30 min £25.00 £20.00

Any child in Council swimming lessons can avail of public swimming free of charge.

Exercise Classes Standard Concession
45m Class and over £6.25 £4.00
45m Class and under £4.00 £3.00

Concession Rates

It has been agreed that the following groups be entitled to a concessionary rate:

Concessionary Group Entitlement Criteria

( which may be requested)

Adults of 60 years of age and over Documentary proof of identification and age
Children of 17 years and under Documentary proof of identification and age
Students Documentary proof of student status
Children of 4 years of age and under Documentary proof of identification and age
Disabled People Receipt of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or holder of a ‘Blue Badge’
Unemployed People Those in receipt of benefits (this does not include child benefit)

(Documentary proof required (proof to be produced every 2 months)

 ** Free public swimming for Under 4’s, Over 60’s those with a disability and for accompanying carers.

Bus Timetable

18 Feb

Six month countdown to completion of flagship South Lake Leisure Centre

Northern Ireland’s newest public leisure facility will officially open in August 2020 following an on-track 2 year build and a multi-million-pound investment.

The largest capital project to date undertaken by ABC Council, and among the largest in Northern Ireland, the new multi-use sports and leisure complex represents a major new flagship health and wellbeing destination.

The stunning new leisure facility will welcome visitors from across the borough and beyond to its new 50-metre pool, a young children’s indoor leisure water feature, a 1,000m2 state-of-the-art gym, multiple studios, sensory room, eight-court sports halls, spin studio, soft play area and an on-site café.

The cutting-edge facility also incorporates an outdoor water sports provision offering a wide range of water based activities including windsurfing, water skiing and paddle sports.

The scale of South Lake Leisure Centre has also been future-proofed to meet the needs of a growing population and rising demand for a range of leisure, amateur and professional sporting enthusiasts.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell, said:

“With a confirmed opening date only six months away, I’m delighted that this stunning new centre which will have fabulous facilities for everyone in the borough to access and enjoy, is almost complete.

South Lake Leisure Centre provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform and dramatically enhance the quality of health and leisure provision within the borough, providing community access for everyone to the best facilities available in the UK and Ireland.”

The new centre will also provide a competitive range of flexible membership and customer schemes allowing easy and affordable access on a one-off or longer term basis so that everyone can enjoy the new facility in a way that suits their lifestyle and budget.

The new membership arrangements will give customers access to all eight council-owned indoor leisure facilities for £29.95 per month – a reduction from the current membership scheme.

Award-winning construction company Farrans has been spearheading the transformative build since initial enabling works got under way early in 2018, creating 500 jobs on site during construction as part of a project which has delivered at least £6.5 million in direct wages to the local economy.

As part of the preparations to pave the way for the official opening of South Lake Leisure Centre, interim arrangements have also been agreed for the planned phase-out of nearby leisure facilities in Portadown (Cascade Leisure Centre), Lurgan (Waves Leisure Complex) and Brownlow (Craigavon Leisure Centre).

These facilities, which are approaching the end of their functional life, will continue to remain open to the public until late June and into August to ensure a seamless transition and to accommodate staff training and orientation of the new centre.

Waves in Lurgan will continue to operate as normal until closing on Saturday 20th June. Craigavon Leisure Centre will remain open until Saturday 4th July and Cascades will remain open until Friday 14th August before SLLC opens on Saturday 15th August.

*Craigavon Watersports Centre will remain open at its current location as normal throughout the summer, migrating to the new leisure centre in September 2020.

For questions, queries or updates please email

 

31 Oct

Farrans welcomes up to 20 apprentices to help develop new local construction leaders.

Up to 20 apprentices are experiencing first class on-the-job training as part of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s stunning new £35 million leisure complex in Craigavon.

On track for completion next year, construction of the new leisure centre is being led by local construction and engineering firm Farrans.

The dedicated programme to provide a new and exciting range of opportunities for young people keen on progressing a career in the construction sector started last year and up to 20 apprentices are being deployed across a range of roles.

Once complete, the leisure centre, which will create 500 construction jobs during its development, will be home to world class facilities including a 50-metre swimming pool, Northern Ireland’s largest gym at over 1,000 square metres, an eight-court sports hall and an extensive outdoor water-sports provision.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell, said:

“Skills development is a key priority in helping to drive, support and grow a successful local economy and we’re delighted that working with Farrans on our largest capital project investment to date, has created so many opportunities for work-based learning and training have been created. Our apprentices are ambassadors for our Council and we’re really proud of the work they do and the contribution they make.”

The innovative build, which is advancing fast and is on course for completion in 2020, will also feature an indoor children’s soft play area and innovative new ‘Pool Pod’ platform lifts, designed to improve pool access for people with disabilities and for those less mobile.

Felim Blaney, Contracts Manager, Farrans Construction, said:

“Our success is built on the skills and talent of our team and we’re keen to drive recruitment numbers across all areas of our business and across the wider sector, producing a motivated ‘talent pipeline’ of keen and motivated people who will be our future leaders.

“Working with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, we’re delighted to be offering up to 20 people the opportunity to come and work with us to help us create an inspiring destination and a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help positively shape the health and well being of everyone in the locality”.

“Apprentices are vitally important for the local and wider economy and for providing on-the-job prospects in real-life scenarios. They also help to build skills and confidence and can help dramatically accelerate careers.”

The construction phase alone is expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, and the 500 jobs directly created are in addition to the staff that will run the new leisure facility.

Apprentice engineer and a competitive swimmer at Banbridge Amateur Swimming Club, Kealan McCambridge said his experience working on the new leisure centre was unbeatable.

“When the opportunity arose to move to the leisure centre site, which is also close to home, I was ecstatic. I’ve been able to quickly advance my skill set and improve my knowledge as an engineer for the future. Working on this project has also enabled me to greatly understand the functionality of large-scale buildings, which will aid me in my experience and knowledge as I drive towards finishing my degree in Civil engineering.

“I look forward to the new centre opening in 2020 and I will take great pride in knowing that I contributed to this flagship project. I’m also looking forward to the further opportunities it will continue to bring to the local area for many years to come.”

As part of ABC Council’s commitment to high levels of spend within the local market and small to medium-sized enterprises, it commissioned Farrans Construction through the Scape Procure National Construction – Major Works England and Northern Ireland framework to build the new leisure centre.

Scape’s collaborative ethos involves engaging with approved local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring that the Craigavon project will provide significant employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.

For more information on the new South Lake Leisure centre, click HERE.

19 Dec
Construction work on state-of-the-art leisure complex progressing well after steel frame installation

Construction of a new, state-of-the-art £35 million leisure centre in Craigavon is advancing fast and is on course for phased completion in 2020.

With the steel frame structure now firmly installed on the dry side of the building – providing an anticipatory glimpse of how the structure will look on completion – foundation works to create the new 50-metre gala swimming pool are now well under way.

The latest build milestone paves the way for a series of key installations in quick succession, including the creation of two additional pools, an eight-court sports hall, studio spaces, squash courts and an indoor children’s soft play area.

Tandragee-based concrete and piling firm Taranto installed the 1,000 concrete piles needed to support the 415-tonne steel frame on the dryside of the building, supplied and installed by Walter Watson, a family firm based in Co Down.

Once complete, the new leisure centre will also be home to a world class 1,000m2 gym – the largest available anywhere in Ireland – as well as an extensive outdoor water-sports provision, traditional best-in-class fitness facilities and fluid open spaces including a café and studios, which have been designed to meet community and visitor needs.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Cllr. Julie Flaherty, said:

“A flagship project creating at least 500 jobs on site, with more to follow, this is a pivotal moment in the development of this new and exciting leisure facility, which has been designed to transform the health, wellbeing and quality of life for residents and visitors for generations to come.”

The new centre will be among the first in Northern Ireland to feature ‘Pool Pod’ platform lifts, designed as a legacy of the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics to improve pool access for people with disabilities and the less mobile.

This follows a major partnership with Disability Sport NI to deliver a flagship leisure centre which supports the development and long-term sustainability of sports and leisure programmes for people with disabilities. Working with Disability Sport NI, the Council has ensured that access and facilities have been prioritised and advanced from design through to completion.

Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s leading construction firms, is spearheading the contemporary new build and has a long track record of delivering successful projects, including Bangor’s award-winning Aurora leisure centre, Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast and Craigavon Area Hospital.

The project was procured via the Scape Major Works framework, which has since been superseded by the Scape National Construction framework. Configured to deliver construction projects across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, the frameworks performance management processes ensure Farrans is working directly with local suppliers, contractors and the wider community.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, said;

“We are pleased to see Craigavon’s new leisure centre taking shape. It has taken tremendous effort from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to create an exciting facility that will be accessible to all, and encourage a healthier lifestyle for the local community.

“Creating social value and delivering community benefits is embedded throughout our frameworks. As well as ensuring a maximum spend on local labour and SME engagement, the project will also drive long-term economic benefits through the provision of training, upskilling and employment opportunities for the local community. We look forward to seeing this project evolve in the coming months.”

For more information on the new South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon visit https://getactiveabc.com/south-lake-leisure-centre/

13 Aug

ASPIRE is a skills initiative developed by Farrans’ Community Engagement team.

 

In partnership Farrans and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council would like to extend an invitation to those who are unemployed and students who are interested in studying any construction/ground maintenance related subjects. The age requirement for this programme is 17 years plus.

 

The ASPIRE programme consists of employability skills training, a site visit to the South Lake Leisure Centre site, work experience (both on site and in a Council Park), CV/application form writing and an interview skills workshop. Undertaking this programme will allow you to gain first-hand experience in ground maintenance matters and provide you with the opportunity to stand out from the crowd during your work experience.

26 Jun

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s state-of-the-art £35 million new leisure centre will create more than 500 jobs during the project’s construction phase, estimated to last until summer 2020.

The construction phase alone is expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, and these 500 jobs are in addition to the staff that will run the new leisure facility.

As part of ABC Council’s commitment to high levels of spend within the local market and small to medium sized enterprises, it commissioned Farrans Construction through the Scape Procure National Construction – Major Works England and Northern Ireland framework to build the new leisure centre. Scape’s collaborative ethos involves engaging with approved local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers, ensuring that the Craigavon project will provide significant employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.

Lord Mayor of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty commented,

“Our council is dedicated to showcasing our borough as an ideal location for working, investing and visiting. The South Lake Leisure Centre project ticks all those boxes – we are providing fantastic career opportunities for young people through one of the biggest flagship projects we have seen in this region in a decade, making the ABC borough the perfect place to visit and invest.”

As part of the community engagement process, this week local students and job seekers heard about the various career opportunities in all aspects of the construction industry – technical, contracts and support – at an ‘opportunities day’ in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre, hosted by Farrans in partnership with ABC Council. The structured day included a site visit, allowing students and job-seekers to see the large-scale construction site in progress and hear about structured work experience opportunities and apprenticeship schemes.

SRC joinery student Jordan Lappin remarked,

“It was great to hear about the training and structured skills development opportunities. The apprenticeships in particular are great for students like me to get a chance to earn while we learn and have support from our employer while we are studying.”

 

International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

Aspiring young engineers Cara Coleman (year nine student at Brownlow Integrated College) and Siobhan Smyth (year nine, St Ronan’s College) with Brigid McGuigan, Farrans Community Engagement Manager, during International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day, Farrans held an event for young female students, where they heard from one of the successful female engineers, giving them first-hand insight into life on a £35 million building site.

Brigid McGuigan, Community Engagement Manager at Farrans said,

“Recent research showed that the construction industry is struggling to cope with a huge skills gap, so we are keen to encourage as many young people, especially women, as we can to join this fascinating and exciting sector. We are delighted to be able to offer local jobs to local people, and urge anyone interested in getting into construction to get in touch with me.”

Brigid McGuigan (Farrans) encourages aspiring young engineers

Brigid McGuigan (Farrans) encourages aspiring young engineers

Brigid McGuigan (Farrans) encourages aspiring young engineers Cara Coleman (year nine, Brownlow Integrated College) and Siobhan Smyth (year nine, St Ronan’s College) at International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m South Lake Leisure Centre site in Craigavon.

The facility, which will be situated adjacent to Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery.

Once complete, the new gym will be the largest available on the island of Ireland, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios. It will also include an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities, as well an extensive outdoor watersports provision.

Plans for the new leisure complex – first floated in 2010 – are part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the ABC area. It will represent the largest capital project ever undertaken by the council since its formation in 2015 and will provide an enhanced facility, designed to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole borough.

Mark Robinson, Scape Group Chief Executive, commented,

“The Craigavon Leisure Centre will play a key role in the wider regeneration of the ABC area, delivering fantastic benefits to local residents with health and wellbeing at its heart. The project will boost the local economy through engagement with local supply chain partners, whose specialist knowledge and expertise are vital to Scape’s collaborative ethos, and the key to delivering this essential community facility.”

Farrans placement student engineer, passes on his technical knowledge to aspiring young enginee

Farrans placement student engineer, passes on his technical knowledge to aspiring young enginee

Patrick Robinson, Farrans placement student engineer, passes on his technical knowledge to aspiring young engineer, Katie-Ann Fegan, year nine student at Brownlow Integrated College, during International Women in Engineering Day at Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s £35m leisure centre site at Craigavon’s South Lake.

Anyone interested in work experience, site visits, workshops, apprenticeships or career opportunities at the South Lake Leisure Centre, Craigavon construction site should contact Brigid McGuigan, Community Engagement Manager, Farrans by email on .

09 Apr

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has appointed Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest and most successful building contractors to construct the new South Lakes Leisure Centre.  The company have moved on site to begin initial early works for the new leisure development.

 

The impending works that are taking place on site are:

 

  • The Watersports Centre has been closed and cleared for demolition.
  • The hoarding for the building site is being erected and will be finished in March 2018.
  • Demolition of the Watersports Centre will start in April 2018.
  • New temporary accommodation for the Watersport Centre will be placed in the grounds of the Civic Centre. The Watersport Centre will operate from this site for the duration of the build.
  • Ground works will take place on site for a 3 month period until June 2018.
  • June onwards will see the build of the new facility starting.

 

As could be expected, there will be some access disruption for our customers throughout the build period; this includes:

  • The underpass from Drumgor will remain open only to allow access to the bus stop on Lakeview Road heading towards Lurgan.
  • Access from Drumgor to Rushmere shopping Centre and to the Lakes will be via the footbridge over the Lakeview Road.
  • The car park at the old Watersport Centre will remain closed throughout the duration of the build; alternative parking options include the South car park situated on the Lurgan Road, Tannaghmore Gardens and the Boalie carpark (Kilvergan Road), please refer to the map below.

 

 

Public toilet provision will be provided at Tannaghmore Gardens and, in due course, at the temporary Watersport Centre (within the grounds of the Civic Centre).

 

Access around the Lakes for walkers and cyclists will be maintained both during and after the building of the facility.

 

For more information on the South Lakes Leisure Centre project, click here!

09 Apr

Council would like to apologise to our customers who experienced inconvenience this morning when trying to access the paths around Craigavon Lakes.

The contractors appointed to build the new leisure centre had to temporarily close this path to allow ground works to take place.

The path has now reopened to allow full access to the site for all our customers.

 

For more information on how the South Lakes Leisure Centre build is going, click here

14 Mar

Farrans to start preparatory work for new leisure facility ahead of 2020 official opening

 

Early-stage planning and initial enabling works necessary to create a new, multi-million sports and leisure facility in Craigavon are under way, paving the way for the construction of a new flagship health and wellbeing destination with facilities that will rival the best available anywhere in the world.

 

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has confirmed that Farrans, one of the UK and Ireland’s largest and most successful building contractors, is preparing to move on site next month to begin initial early works for the new leisure development.

 

Working closely with the council, the company has already initiated a proactive campaign to inform local communities about the impending works.

 

After almost eight years since plans were formalised, the council said the highly-anticipated project, which has been future-proofed to meet the health and leisure needs for generations, remained on track to open in just over two years’ time.

 

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said:

 

“With planning secured and an agreed work schedule in place, the council’s vision to provide transformational leisure facilities which will be enjoyed by existing and future generations for decades to come is at last being realised.

 

“Recreation brings people together from all generations and I am certain that once completed, this landmark health and leisure facility will serve a growing community that will be encouraged to improve their health and wellbeing, to participate in an activity at whatever level they choose, and, above all, have fun.”

 

Based in Northern Ireland but with offices across the UK, Farrans is an award-winning market leader in project delivery and has a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, including leisure.

 

The company behind the award-winning £38 million Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Bangor, Farrans has also completed a major £15 million redevelopment of the existing leisure facility at Rushcliffe Civic Centre in Nottingham, breathing new life into the area last year. It is also poised to work on constructing One Bankmore Square in Belfast – a planned scheme for the largest single office building in Northern Ireland.

 

In addition to the staff that will run the new leisure facility, the project will create more than 500 jobs during the build. The construction phase alone is also expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy.

 

Brigid McGuigan, Farrans’ community engagement manager, said:

 

“We’re excited that this transformational, multimillion-pound development project will soon start to take shape and we look forward to further engaging our communities, updating them on new build plans and on progress throughout.

We encourage feedback and we will work hard to minimise the sometimes inevitable but temporary disruption that large-scale construction can cause. This is our commitment and it is our priority.”

 

Once complete, the new gym will be the largest available on the island of Ireland, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios. It will also include an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities, as well an extensive outdoor watersports provision.

 

Plans for the new leisure complex – first floated in 2010 – are part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the ABC area. It will represent the largest capital project ever undertaken by the council since its formation in 2015 and will provide an enhanced facility designed to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole borough.

 

The total project cost is estimated at around £35 million.

 

For more visit the South Lakes Leisure Centre section of our site.

14 Dec

Craigavon spearheads £30m world class leisure centre after planning go-ahead

 

Planning permission granted for new multi-million-pound leisure development will deliver first class facilities for a new era of better health, wellbeing and sporting ambition

 

Craigavon’s new state-of-the-art £30 million leisure centre plans have been given a seal of approval by the local planning authority, paving the way for a construction start date early next year and full access for all in 2020.

 

The long-awaited proposal, first put forward in 2010, is part of a wider and ambitious regeneration programme across the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough area.

 

The biggest capital project ever undertaken by the Council, the new leisure centre will provide an enhanced facility to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the whole Borough. The centre will be unique in in the region, offering indoor and outdoor leisure experiences from a single site.

 

The facility, which will be situated at the site of the existing Watersports Centre, adjacent to the Civic & Conference Centre and overlooking the South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery.

 

Once complete, Craigavon will host one of the largest gyms on the island of Ireland, with visitors enjoying panoramic views. Customers will have state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios, an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities.

 

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Alderman Gareth Wilson, said:

 

“With planning consent firmly secured, work can now start to create a brand new, modern leisure facility which meets the needs of everyone, creating new and exciting opportunities for individuals, families, schools and sporting enthusiasts who can realise their fitness, lifestyle or professional goals in a world class facility that fully supports their needs.

 

 

“Full planning approval represents a tangible and rewarding step towards an official opening date and I’m delighted that this puts the project in delivery mode, ensuring that everyone – with all levels of fitness and ability – will soon have the opportunity they need to make a marked difference in improving their health ambitions in the best facilities available.”

 

In addition to the staff that will run the facility, the project will create more than 500 jobs during the construction phase. The construction phase alone is also expected to deliver an estimated £6.5 million in direct wages to the economy, apprenticeships, work placements and job opportunities for the local community.

 

Disabled Sport NI ‘excellence’ status is expected to be granted once the building is constructed given the enhanced accessibility provision incorporated into the design. It will also deploy the latest technology to make the building and the services it offers as energy efficient and as sustainable as possible.

 

“The new leisure centre plans are ambitious, forward-looking and are eagerly awaited, representing years of planning, extensive consultation, revisions and further consultation,” added Gareth Wilson. “Carefully considered with extensive feedback provided by residents, clubs and associations, I’m thrilled that everyone can now benefit from this significant investment.”

 

For further information, and regular updates, visit www.getactiveabc.org/south-lake-leisure-centre.

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