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11 June 2018

Tidworth Leisure Centre to benefit from major refurbishment programme

Major refurbishment and repair works will be taking place at Tidworth Leisure Centre this summer so customers can continue to enjoy high-quality sports, leisure and library facilities.

The works are being carried out by Aspire Defence on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), TNB Garrison and Wiltshire Council.

The centre will be closed to the public from Monday 23 July reopening on Saturday 1 September 2018.  Sports facilities, the library and onsite businesses will reopen on 1 September 2018.  The swimming pool will remain closed until Friday 5 October 2018.

The closure means Aspire Defence can safely undertake essential upgrades to the building, including installation of a new atrium roof and extensive roof refurbishment, replacement of the heating and hot water systems, and alterations to the pool-side walkways.

The closure is taking place when numbers using the centre are at their lowest and alternative provision can be provided elsewhere. The planned timings will minimise the risk of delay from adverse weather and the extended timeframe will also enable Aspire Defence to complete several small-scale improvements, therefore avoiding further disruption at any other time. DIO is working with the onsite businesses to look at relocation and other alternatives during the closure to ensure they are not adversely affected.

During the closure Wiltshire Council will be promoting alternative options for members including use of other local Wiltshire Council facilities, a 25% reduction on membership or an option to freeze membership until the facility reopens.

The Garrison is opening up its Bulford Pool so many of the Wiltshire Council swim school programmes can use the facilities during the closure.

A mobile library will also be available for customers throughout the closed period based at the Tidworth Community Centre and operating times will mirror the current times as closely as possible.

A TNB Garrison spokesperson said: "These maintenance works are essential to ensure that Tidworth Leisure Centre can continue to operate safely and that customers benefit from access to a high-quality sports and leisure facility. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this closure and wish to thank customers for their patience and understanding."

John Thomson, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for leisure said: "These works will provide residents with updated facilities and a brighter amenity. We recognise that the closure will be inconvenient and we are offering alternative options to ensure that members and residents can continue to access activities during the holiday period. This includes the re-provision of the library service as we are aware of the many young people that participate in, and enjoy, the Summer Reading Challenge. We are pleased that due to the support of Tidworth Town Council we can use the Tidworth Community Centre to provide a mobile library which will mirror the current library times as closely as possible."

Members are being sent the full details of the alternative options available during the closure. Details of other alternative provision for all users will be available on our website.

For any additional questions email tidworth.leisurecentre@wiltshire.gov.uk or call 01980 847140

The Tidworth Leisure Centre building is owned by the Ministry of Defence. Aspire Defence manages the building and Wiltshire Council manages the public leisure operations for the site.

Last updated: 11 June 2018 | Last reviewed: 11 June 2018

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