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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 became part of the Belfast City Area in 2015 through 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 and flexible indoor space   
Brook  outdoor sports Watch our virtual fly-through video
Olympia  sports village and spa  Watch our virtual fly-through video
Lisnasharragh   aquatic centre  Watch our virtual fly-through video
Templemore heritage preservation  
Girdwood Phase II (to be confirmed)  

 

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.

Join the team at GLL – new jobs at our new centres

As a result of the leisure transformation programme, GLL is currently recruiting for a range of posts across the city, offering flexible working with both full-time and part-time hours available. Find out more at www.better.org.uk/jobsbelfast

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 sites make up the current phase of work. Brook and Lisnasharragh will have their formal openings in January 2020, while Andersonstown will open in April 2020.  

Once work has completed at Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre work will then start to redevelop Avoniel, with work to restore and extend Templemore Baths due to commence in June 2020.

There are also plans for a new leisure facility at the Girdwood Community Hub in the north of the city. We are currently considering options for the development in partnership with Department for Communities.