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Transforming leisure

Transforming leisure

We’re investing £105 million over the next ten years to improve our leisure centres, programmes and services. This is a unique opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of our city, by delivering a quality service that meets the needs of our communities.

This investment forms part of our £325 million physical investment programme and includes areas that have joined us as part of Local Government Reform.

We're keen that each of the developments offer a unique selling point (USP) which will encourage people to move across the city to use the different facilities.

Centre USPs

Andersonstown family fun leisure water  Watch our virtual fly-through video
Avoniel  outdoor sports   
Brook  outdoor sports Watch our virtual fly-through video
Girdwood  indoor arena   
Olympia  sports village   
Robinson   aquatic centre  Watch our virtual fly-through video
Templemore heritage preservation  

In addition to the capital redevelopment, leisure centres (excluding Templemore Baths) are now managed by GLL under the Better brand. GLL is a non-profit distributing organisation (NPDO) with vast experience of leisure facility management. This new business model will help deliver efficiencies, fresh programming, greater outreach, improved facilities and new opportunities for staff.

Timescales for delivery

Construction work on our capital redevelopments is taking place in distinct phases to minimise disruption to our services.

The first phase of this programme included the development of Girdwood Community Hub and the new Olympia Leisure Centre, both of which are now open. Phase two of Olympia, concentrating on outdoor provision and access, will officially open in June 2018.

The redevelopment of Andersonstown Leisure CentreBrook Activity Centre and Robinson Centre sites make up the current phase of work. Construction at Andersonstown and Robinson started in September 2017. Work at Brook started in early 2018.

We will also develop Avoniel and Templemore Baths. We ran a public consultation on our design concepts for these centres between Tuesday 28 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018.  All feedback received will be considered before submitting the redevelopment proposals for planning permission. 

Please note that redevelopment work at Avoniel and Templemore Baths will not start until the new Robinson Centre is open, ensuring continuity of swimming provision in east Belfast.