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Transforming leisure services

We’re investing £105 million over the 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 £400 million physical investment programme.

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

Leisure centre USP Video
Andersonstown family fun leisure water  Watch our virtual fly-through video
Avoniel  outdoor sports and flexible indoor space   
Brook  outdoor sports Watch our video showcasing the new centre
Olympia  sports village and spa  Watch our virtual fly-through video
Lisnasharragh   aquatic centre  Watch our construction time lapse video
Templemore Baths heritage preservation  
Girdwood Phase II (to be confirmed)  

The leisure centres (excluding Templemore Baths) are managed by GLL under the Better brand. GLL is a charitable social enterprise that reinvests all profits back into the centres that it operates. It is the largest public leisure centre operator in the UK and manages over 150 leisure centres. 

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 focused on the development of Olympia Leisure Centre.

The redevelopment of Andersonstown Leisure Centre, Brook Activity Centre and Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre made up the second phase, with all three centres now open.

Work to redevelop Avoniel began in January 2020 and is due to be completed by mid 2021. Work to restore and extend Templemore Baths got underway in November 2020 and it is due to be completed by autumn 2022.

We are working in partnership with Department for Communities to develop plans for a new leisure facility at the Girdwood Community Hub in north Belfast. Once detailed options are finalised, we will consult with the local community and other stakeholders to get their views on the plans before work begins.

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