A project for the replacement of the Fife Institute for Physical & Recreational Education has been officially named in honour of a late former councillor from the Glenrothes area. Members of the Glenrothes Area Committee decided to dedicate the new Sports and Leisure Centre to Councillor Michael Woods after residents and users of the existing centre were invited to express their views and put forward their own suggestions on a name for the new build.
Councillor Peter Grant explains: “Michael Woods played a major role in securing the future of the sports centre and for everyone who knew him, the new build will be an apt reminder of the immense contribution he made to Glenrothes and to Fife as a whole.”
The new facility will host a plethora of state-of-the-art features, including a 25m x 17m eight-lane competition standard swimming pool with a spectator gallery which can hold up to 250 people, a 20m x 10m training pool with movable flooring and an additional 11m x 5m teaching and remedial pool with adjoining health suite. Dry side facilities include a new larger scale gymnasium with 80 station’s, purpose built aerobics studio, eight badminton court sports hall and two squash courts. The outdoor facilities will be significantly enhanced with a full-size synthetic turf pitch, three football specific five-a-side and one seven-a-side 3G synthetic turf pitches and a Tennis court installed. The existing athletics track will be upgraded.
The main contractor for the project is GRAHAM construction and the site team are busy behind the scenes, involved in activities surrounding the external design and development of the building, pool filtration and the internal installation of mechanical and electrical components. Construction work to the basement and pool tanks is progressing well and the main steel structure frame will be erected in November, which will give the public an impression of the finished facility.
As a company, GRAHAM construction has a significant amount of experience in delivering projects of this nature. Their contribution to the deliverance of a flagship sports and leisure facility in Glenrothes is a significant one, as it signals the beginning of the company’s emergence inFife’s major construction landscape.
The new sports and leisure facility will provide the people ofFifewith a stunning civic amenity and the build will play an important role in the transformation of Glenrothes.
The project started in May of this year, after the appointment of contractors in April and the expected completion date is set for April of 2013. The regeneration is costing around £21million altogether and is part of Fife Council’s wider investment plans regarding the enhancement of Sports and Leisure opportunities in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy andDunfermline. The new facility will be operated and managed by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust on behalf of Fife Council.