Belfast City Council has announced the appointment of a contractor for the delivery of the next phase of the council’s £105m Leisure Transformation Programme.
Heron Brothers Ltd will now begin work on the largest single capital contract ever let by the council. This involves the construction of three new leisure facilities across the city replacing the existing facilities at Andersonstown Leisure Centre, the Robinson Centre and Brook Activity Centre.
The two stage design and build contract was awarded following a competitive tender exercise.
Preparatory works are already underway at the Robinson Centre, with building also scheduled to start this summer at Andersonstown and Brook. All three new centres are due for completion by summer 2019.
In line with the council’s ‘Social Clause Policy’ Heron Brothers will also be required to deliver the contract in such a way so as to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits for Belfast and its people through training and employment opportunities and, where practical, using local suppliers for goods and services.
Each of the new centres will have a unique selling point with the new Andersonstown Leisure Centre focusing on family fun leisure waters, the Robinson Centre becoming the aquatic centre for the city, and the new Brook Leisure Centre targeting outdoor sports provision. Each centre will also have a range of associated facilities such as fitness suites and exercise studios.
These redevelopments represent the next phase of the council’s £105m Leisure Transformation Programme which is designed to transform the council’s ageing leisure estate.