International sports campus by 2015: DCC
THE closure of St Columb’s Park Leisure Centre to allow construction of a new £11m multi-purpose North West Sports Campus that will be able to host international events from 2015, has been approved by Derry City Council.
The authority’s Development Committee also agreed that officers work closely with all displaced groups to explore alternative viable and safe accommodation.
Committee Chair Brenda Stevenson said it will open in January 2015 and will have the capacity to host major local, national and international sports events.
Noel Munnis, sports programme co-ordinator at the Council, said: ”In an effort to minimise inconvenience to users, Council has been engaging closely with its staff, stakeholders and users to consider their requirements and to explore every opportunity to find viable alternatives for the duration of the construction phase.
“Display stands, illustrating the size and range of facilities the new centre will bring have been on show at both St Columb’s Park and Lisnagelvin Leisure Centres for a number of weeks.”
He said every possible alternative to delay closure was explored and while the new campus will be constructed behind the existing centre, the site compound is extremely restricted in relation to car parking, health and safety management and site traffic.
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