Link Centre soft play and trampoline park could reopen next week

By Barrie Hudson - 3 November 2023

  • South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland

    South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland

The organisation in charge of the flood-damaged Link Centre has revealed a further partial reopening.

Barnaby Rich, Partnership Manager at Better, said in a message to South Swindon MP Sir Robert Buckland that the soft play and trampoline park might be open once more within seven to 10 days.

However, there is still no certainty as to when the ice rink - home rink of the Swindon Wildcats ice hockey team - will reopen, with Better only able to say it hopes this will be before the end of the year.

The centre was closed following flash floods in late September which badly damaged electrical and other systems. 

The statement send to Sir Robert reads: "Over the past 2 weeks we have had a significant amount of work carried out to clear the drains around the centre car parks etc… and remove debris that we believe built up from the initial flood.

"We are hopeful that we have improved the drain away to a level that will avoid a repeat of the past few weeks.

"We have managed to establish temporary power, through the use of generators, to the Gym, Studios and some of the circulation areas – these are now open to the public. We also now have power to the fire and security systems. Work continues to establish more temporary power around the centre and we hope to have sufficient lighting and power to our soft play and trampoline park in the next 7-10 days.

"A programme of work has started to replace the ice rink base and plant systems. We are hopeful we might be in a position to re-open this facility before the end of the year.

"We also continue to work with a multitude of specialist contractors to re-instate the various plant systems for the pool, main power, heating, and air handling systems to allow us to re-open the entire centre and move away from the temporary plant solutions.

"The team are gearing up to open the Soft Play from Monday and the Trampoline Park will also open next week. "

All updates on Sir Robert’s working surrounding the Link Centre can be found on his website here.

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