Places for People Leisure Attended the 2016 Local Government Association Conference
The annual Local Government Association Conference took place on the 5-7th July in Bournemouth with Places for People Leisure exhibiting alongside Places for People Group to promote new build leisure facilities and partnership opportunities.
The focus this year on the Places for People Leisure stand was Design, Build, Operate and Maintain (DBOM) contracts and the benefits that they can provide Local Authorities. Council delegates had the opportunity to discuss potential revenue savings within their leisure portfolio and methods by which they could increase their overall participation.
Gosport Leisure Centre, a Sport England Exemplar site, managed by Places for People Leisure in a DBOM Contract on behalf of Gosport Borough Council is a great example of this. Participation increased from 200k in the old centre to 500k in the new build facility; an impressive increase of 150%!
Places for People Leisure work closely alongside a dedicated project team of architects, project managers, construction companies and subcontractors to offer Local Authorities ‘One Complete Solution’ to new design and builds that is in synergy with the Local Authorities requirements and vision for the site. Our construction partners Pellikaan and our architects Roberts Limbricks were also available to answer any questions during the event and offer advice in their specialisms.
In the last 10 years Places for People Leisure have designed and built 14 new leisure centres, equating to over £140 million investment by our Local Authority partners, with £10m invested by Places for People Leisure. In addition, a further £20m of capital is envisaged to be spent during the contract period on these facilities by Places for People Leisure.
John Bates, Business Development Director comments “We’ve had another successful year at one of the biggest local government events, developing partnerships, exploring new opportunities and sharing best practice in Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contracts. Increasingly Local Authorities are looking at DBOM Contracts to reduce their revenue costs, enhance the efficiency of their operations, replace ageing leisure stock and provide cutting edge facilities that are at the heart of their local communities.
“Working closely alongside our parent company Places for People, we are ideally positioned to offer Local Authorities new build leisure facilities as well as tailor made placemaking solutions, with leisure and housing provisions going hand in hand to meet local needs.”