PPPs in action, one year on: Gosport Leisure Centre

Last year, DC Leisure was selected by Gosport Borough Council to design, develop and operate the all new £7.8m Gosport Leisure Centre.  A year on from the contract win, Peter Kirkham, DC Leisure Development Director, reflects on the project.

 “Gosport Leisure Centre’s doors opened on 31st December 2012 with the aim of revitalising the leisure facilities on offer for everyone in the local community. The new centre was designed to welcome those who are looking to adopt healthier, more active lifestyles, capturing all the buzz and excitement around last summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Today, our visitors enjoy a range of sport and leisure facilities at Gosport Leisure Centre, including a 25m swimming pool, learner pool, sauna and steam room, fitness studio, dance studio, sports hall and football pitches. This truly is a ‘something for everyone’ solution that is reinvigorating the community, encouraging individuals and families alike to partake in a healthy lifestyle.

 We are really pleased with the response so far and have sold 2,000 gym memberships and 400 swim memberships. It’s not just indoor activity that’s thriving, as an incredible 60 five a side football teams have already signed up to use the facility.

Now that the leisure centre build is complete, the next phase of the development will be the construction of a new pub restaurant by Marston’s and a 60 bed Premier Inn hotel. Both are on track to open this summer, just 18 months on from contract signing. These additional facilities will attract new people to the leisure centre and ultimately to the wider local area.

“The leisure centre has been completed within 12 months of contract signing and we are well on track to meet our ambitious target of 500,000 visits in year one, proving that DC Leisure can deliver these schemes on budget, on time and at an affordable price to local communities.”

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