The reopening of South Bristol Sports Centre has taken a significant step forward after the refurbished buildings were handed back to the charity operating the complex today (3 July).
Bristol City Council has been managing the £2.7m rebuild and enhancement of the centre following the devastating fire that destroyed the main building at the West Town Lane facility more than two years ago.
As landlord, the council joined forces with the SBSC Trustees on the restoration programme, with the project being held up by the original contractors going into liquidation, as well as this year’s Covid-19 lockdown.
However the refurbishment – that has included a new gym, bar, restaurant, and meeting spaces for the local community and businesses - has now been completed and handed over to leaseholders SBSC, who will complete their internal fit-out of the centre before a formal reopening date for the complex is confirmed.
The council and SBSC are also continuing to work together to finalise a sustainable business model for the future of the centre as the city’s leisure facilities continue to grapple with the operational restrictions caused by the coronavirus lockdown.
Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, said: “Our vision of new and improved sports and leisure facilities for the public in South Bristol has moved another important step forward with the completion of this handover.
“This has been an effective collaboration between the council and the charity and we look forward to the finishing touches to this project being completed so the local community can start to benefit from the refurbished centre.’’
John Laycock, chair of the SBSC Trustees, said: “As Trustees, we are pleased that the rebuild of the pavilion at South Bristol Sports Centre has been practically completed. “We are committed to providing a first-class facility for the community of South Bristol and we will do all we can to provide a facility that the local community can be proud of.’’