Raymond Brown win River Park Leisure Centre refurbishment contract

Winchester City Council has awarded Raymond Brown Construction Ltd the contract for the refurbishment of River Park Leisure Centre. The contract, which is for works in the region of £1.3 million, will enable the City Council to carry out maintenance and improvement works to keep the centre in good condition.

The work is due to be carried out over three-months from April 2006 and will mean that areas of the centre will close for periods during the programme.

Apart from when the whole centre is closed for a two-week period, one at the beginning of the work programme, and one near the end, the majority of the centre will remain open. The Kinetica gym and changing rooms, Studios 1 and 2, the squash courts, the Elements health and beauty suite, main reception and the outdoor areas will all be available to customers. The dry side sports hall and changing rooms will be closed for 8 weeks at the start of the work, and again during the whole closure towards the end of the work.

The pool complex, wet changing rooms and the function room will be out of action for the whole period as much of the work involves maintenance and replacing of equipment affecting the pool, including swimming pool filters, boilers, pipe work, roof access and repairs, and some electrical rewiring. The flume and supporting structure is also to be removed.

Customers can expect to see refurbishment of the wet and dry side changing rooms, showers and new lockers as well as some other aesthetical decoration. However, most of the work is happening behind the scenes to ensure that the plant and equipment that help run the centre are in good condition and are working efficiently.

Cllr Therese Evans, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport said, "The appointment of Raymond Brown Construction heralds the start of the refurbishment process that will keep River Park Leisure Centre a top facility for our community.

"This refurbishment project for necessary works is being managed carefully by Winchester City Council and DCL leisure in order to ensure that disruption to customers is kept to a minimum and the facilities in the centre remain open as much as possible".