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Belfast council unveils details of £105m leisure centre makeover

Andersonstown Leisure Centre is one of three to be refurbished
Andrew Madden

BELFAST City Council is putting into motion the next phase of its £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme by revamping three leisure centres.

The initiative, in partnership with public leisure centre operator GLL, got underway with the Girdwood Community Hub, which opened earlier this year, and the refurbishment of the Olympia complex which is due to open in 2017.

The council has asked the public to give their input into new plans to give the Andersonstown Leisure Centre and the Brook Activity Centre in West Belfast, as well as the Robinson Centre in East Belfast, a complete makeover.

This phase of the investment will have a price tag of approximately £60m.

The Robinson Centre is to be turned into an `aquatic centre of excellence', while the Brook Activity Centre will become a facility specialising in outdoor sports.

Chairman of the council's Strategic Policy and Resources Committee, John Hussey, said the plans are just the latest stage in an over-arching scheme spanning the next decade.

"The council is making its largest ever investment in leisure provision. The aim is to help create an active Belfast by providing quality leisure services to our citizens," he said.

"I encourage everyone to come along to these consultation sessions and have their say on how leisure provision in Belfast is going to look for the coming decades."

Consultation sessions for the plans are being held for the public from September 19 to October 1 in venues across Belfast.

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