Isle of Anglesey – Developing Leisure for Future Generations: Capital investment plan for leisure provision

Strategic Leisure Limited (SLL), Roberts Limbrick (architects) and Leonie Cowen Associates (LCA) were appointed in October 2018 to undertake two separate, but linked projects for the IACC:

  • An appraisal of the alternative delivery models (ADMs) for the future operational management of the leisure centres
  • A short, medium and long-term capital investment plan for the four existing IACC leisure centres

The capital investment project included:

Phase 1 – An assessment of community, leisure and fitness needs on Anglesey inc a comprehensive public, school and club consultation programme

Phase 2 – A condition survey of the leisure centres (including structural analysis where required)

Phase 3 – Identification of potential investment options

Phase 4 – Preparation of narrative, drawings, sketches and floor plans to illustrate preferred investment proposals

Phase 5 – Development of detailed capital and revenue costs for all investment proposals

A summary of capital investment needs are detailed below:

Across the four local authority facilities recommendations included:

Facility 1 – recommendations for a new build as the most cost-effective and long-term solution located on adjacent school site.

Facility 2 – Priority investment to address immediate maintenance and condition issues with the option to develop extended fitness and outdoor artificial pitch provision in the medium term

Facility 3 – New build option due to age and condition of current centre. This would be on the same site (slightly different location). The footprint would be smaller and more efficient with a larger swimming pool to address demand. There is the opportunity for a ‘Hub’ approach with co-located services and multi-purpose social spaces based upon consultation feedback.

Facility 4 – New build however, if a new build option cannot be afforded immediately, the short-term option should be to invest in the key income-generating areas, to ensure the facility is updated and participation is increased

Funding:

There are a number of options for funding the above, including:

  • IACC Core budget
  • Grants
  • Prudential borrowing
  • Developer contributions (S106)
  • Anglesey Charitable Trust support

Summary:

Building on the successful pitch and fitness investment IACC had delivered, there is a need to look at investment in the leisure centre portfolio to ensure:

  • Future facilities are fit for purpose and future-proofed
  • Future facilities operate more cost effectively and sustainably
  • Accessibility is maintained to meet the needs of rural and urban communities on the Island
  • Future facilities provide more flexible space to facilitate wider partnership working
  • Continued co-location with education remains a key delivery partnership, which enables young people to experience high quality physical opportunities from a young age
  • Reduced operational costs, increased participation and income generation
  • Facilities are attractive and engaging, reflecting current and future participation trends, to meet customer expectation, encourage, and support healthy lifestyles
  • Ensure facilities conform with safeguarding, Welsh language & equality requirements
  • The life span of facilities is extended to 30 years+
  • Establish Leisure Centres as community hubs
  • Identify and develop a new management model

Despite being discretionary, the importance and role of IACC’s leisure provision cannot be under-estimated; it is a service area that enables the County Council to respond proactively to key national well-being objectives, including promoting good (physical and mental) health for everyone; and building healthier, more resilient communities, as well as the statutory responsibilities of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

Published by georgesutcliffe-strategicleisure

Senior Sport and Leisure Consultant for Strategic Leisure Ltd. Passionate about improving the physical and mental health of the nation. Often found playing sport. Background: Teaching, coaching, sports development industry, lecturing sport and digital media marketing

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