June Start for £65m Swindon Leisure Centre

Wednesday, 28th March 2012
  THE £65m overhaul of the Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre will start soon after leases between the council and a private developer were signed. The scheme, which will include an indoor ski slope, indoor arena and water park, will now press ahead after Moirai Capital Investments Limited signed on the dotted line.     Under the plan, the Oasis will be handed to Moirai on June 1 and be totally refurbished. Work will start in June and be completed in a year’s time. It will include the replacement of the glass dome and restoration of the leisure centre to its former glory. Further plans include construction of an indoor ski slope at the site with work worth up to £65m in the pipeline for McAlpine and ISG who are working closely with Moirai.     The overall leisure scheme is expected to create 1,700 jobs, including 400 full-time and 600 part-time positions, as well as several hundred other jobs through construction and other activity associated with the development. It is anticipated it will be a major boost to the economy as projections have estimated it will attract up to 4m visitors a year.     Martin Barber, who is leading the Moirai development, said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with the council, and to have exchanged contracts. The real work now begins. We are ready to press forward enthusiastically with the first phase, the refurbishment of the Oasis Leisure Centre.     “Over the coming 12 months, we shall be undertaking a significant facelift of the centre to ensure that it returns to a facility of which Swindon can be proud. In terms of the further developments on the other areas of the site, we shall shortly be able to make some significant announcements about our proposals to position Swindon as the major leisure and entertainment destination for the south-west.”