The next stage of the comprehensive refurbishment of Link Centre gets underway in on 2 June with a £768,000 project to install up-to-date ice plant machinery and create a new ice pad.
Work on replacing the roof and roof lights of the 26 year old building has just been completed. Earlier in the year the external pylons holding the structure up were repainted and the swimming pool reopened after a seven month refurbishment.
The summer shutdown was chosen as it’s the least busy period on the Link Centre diary. The process of creating a new ice pad will take several weeks and involves water being frozen in stages until the ice reaches an optimum thickness of 40mm. Once fully operational, the new equipment will maintain the ice’s temperature at -11 C.
The closure will £60,000 in lost revenue. The council is paying for the work through surplus capital funds (£470,000), £32,000 from Section 106 developer contributions and £266,000 borrowing to be repaid over six years costing £49,000.
The council is looking to off-load the cost of running its leisure centres to private companies and is in the process of seeking partners to take on the responsibility.
Pictured by Richard Wintle of www.calyxpix.com Zoe Wood with her twins Zarah and Zinia will have to take a break from skating until 19 August. As Zoe Jones, the former Greendown School student was British Figure Skating Champion in 2000.