Swindon Link Centre's ice rink to close temporarily this May

By Jessica Durston - 30 March 2023

CommunityClubs & Activities

Swindon’s Link Leisure Centre's ice rink will close on 15 May for 16 weeks, to allow a series of energy efficiency works costing over £300,000, to take place.

The project aims to safeguard the future of the ice rink with works to upgrade plant and machinery, leading to reduced energy consumption and improved efficiency. 

Since 2019, the cost of utility bills for the leisure centre is said to have risen by 100%, from £600k per year to £1.2m per year.

The improvement works will see the ice pad lifted, the old and inefficient plant replaced, and a new state-of-the-art drying cooling system installed.

Works have been scheduled to take place over the summer period because it falls outside the main ice hockey Season and it’s a time when club, group and public bookings tend to be at their lowest.

Barnaby Rich, partnership manager for GLL - the charitable social enterprise that operates the Link ice rink - said: “While we recognise that the temporary closure will be an inconvenience for some of our customers, the improvements really are essential if we are to secure the long-term future of the facility and to mitigate some of the impact of rising operating costs. 

"We’ve scheduled the closure for the quietest period in the year, in order to minimise disruption and look forward to welcoming our skaters back in the early autumn to a much improved rink.”

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