Page last updated at 04 September 2015 at 16:16
The proposed new Fleming Park Leisure Centre moved a step closer with the Council formally selecting a preferred construction partner for the exciting new development.
The Council has selected Interserve, the international support service and construction group, as its preferred construction partner and has issued notice of its intention to enter into the second stage of tendering with them to work up detailed plans, timescales and costings over the next few months.
Council Leader Cllr Keith House said, ”Interserve showed a great understanding of the project and bring with them a depth of experience in building leisure centres with their most significant project being the £40m University of Birmingham Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre Complex, currently under construction. They have a good understanding of, and relationship with, the local supply chain and are keen to work with us to ensure the centre construction achieves economic benefits locally. They also wish to work with us on recycling the old centre and believe they could achieve up to 95% recycling of the existing centre.”
Interserve’s Divisional Director, Justin Elliott said "We are really excited to be working alongside Eastleigh Borough Council to deliver the new Fleming Park Leisure Centre. Being local to the scheme we will be utilising our local supply chain, most of whom will have a personal interest, to ensure an even more rewarding project."
The new modern facility will include a larger main pool, (six lanes to eight), a larger learner pool, expanded and improved gym facilities, improved café/restaurant and will maintain free car parking. The new building will have a similar ‘footprint’ to the current leisure complex, but the new design makes much more efficient use of space - resulting in bigger and better facilities than before.
The project will build the new centre alongside the current building which will continue to operate during the construction period with customers able to continue to use the centre in the normal way. It is planned to take a report to Cabinet in December to award the construction contract with work on the new centre planned to start early in 2016.
For more details about the project visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk/fp2
Photo caption: Council Leader, Keth House and Justin Elliott, Divisional Director of Interserve outside Fleming Park Leisure Centre