As part of our £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme we’re investing £8 million in the redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre.
This investment is part of a £45 million investment into leisure provision in east Belfast. We have received £5 million funding from the National Lottery's Heritage Fund towards a £17 million restoration and extension of Templemore Baths, where the focus will be on heritage and spa provision. Work is also currently underway on the new £20 million Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre where the focus will be on aquatics.
The redevelopment work at Avoniel is due to commence in January 2020 once the new Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre is open, ensuring continuity of leisure provision in east Belfast.
Avoniel unique selling point – outdoor leisure
Following initial consultation with local community groups, statutory organisations, and advice from a range of industry experts, we have taken the decision that the new centre will focus largely on outdoor leisure provision. In addition, the new centre will have a number of other facilities:
- One intermediate standard 3G soccer pitch
- Three covered 3G five-a-side pitches
- Two outdoor 3G five-a-side pitches
- One outdoor 3G seven-a-side pitch
- 240 covered seats
- Two studios / multi-purpose rooms
- Two meeting / training rooms
- Changing facilities for teams, officials and individuals
- Play service provision
- On-site car parking
Avoniel Leisure Centre will close for redevelopment once the new leisure centre opens at Lisnasharragh.