People, Places, Business

Leisure Centre Progress

Regeneration progress highlighted as Leisure Centre takes shape

Details of the latest progress on the new leisure centre for Aberavon were revealed at an event last week to review Neath Port Talbot Council’s regeneration strategy for Aberavon seafront.

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Following a briefing on the latest stages of construction, ward councillors were joined by representatives of local sports groups and businesses on a site visit to view progress.

The investment in the landmark seafront location will result in a purpose-built beachfront leisure centre, complete with ‘wave design’ roof and featuring a 25m pool with moveable floor; multiple changing facilities, gym/fitness suite, spin room, dance studio, four court sports hall, cafe and community rooms. 

Developer Corban Investments and their contractor, Heron Bros Ltd. started construction of the £13.4m facility in June last year which is being built adjacent to Reel Cinema and expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

Installation of the timber roof beams is now complete and wall cladding and roof sheet covering works are ongoing.

All underground drainage works and the ground and first floor concrete floors are completed, and the pre-cast concrete staircases have been installed.

The main pool walls and floor are complete and the poolside promenade concrete decking work is due to be finished shortly.

Internal block work to the wet change village, offices and community rooms is underway and mechanical and electrical works have started.

Works over the next few weeks will include the completion of the roof coverings and cladding, and the installation of external glazing panels. Once this is complete, the building will be watertight and internal works including pool tiling, carpentry and internal wall finishes can commence.

One of the Council’s key aims is to maximise community benefits from regeneration projects such as this one, and the Council’s Business Development team is working with Heron Brothers throughout the duration of the contract to ensure local businesses benefit from the investment.

At the start of the project, a ‘Meet the Buyer Event’ was attended by over 60 local contractors. So far, more than 50% of the project’s contractors and suppliers are based within South Wales.

Councillor Ali Thomas OBE, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council said: “I am pleased to see good progress being made on the construction of the new leisure centre.

“This will be a wonderful twenty first century facility we can all be proud of and will be a focal point in enhancing our strategy and vision for regenerating the whole area.

“I am delighted to see that the contractor is working with us to provide trading opportunities for local businesses wherever possible.

“Creating local job opportunities is one of our key priorities and it is vital that we make the most of investment and construction projects such as this one to benefit local businesses and people and in the County Borough.”

Chris Mundow, Development Director with Corban Investments said: “We’re very pleased with the level of progress on this flagship development which is now halfway to completion. This has been achieved thanks to the tremendous level of support from our on-site team, and our continued partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council.

“The majority of companies involved and those working on the site are from the South Wales area. Indeed, the benefits of this development to local businesses and to the community as a whole have been a priority from the outset. We are confident that the completion of this landmark project will add considerably to the regeneration and reinvigoration of the entire area and will also have a positive impact on the local community, both now and in the future.”