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Steelwork begins on new South Lake Leisure Centre site

26th September 2018

This week marks a significant milestone for the Farrans team and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council who are behind the state-of-the-art, new leisure centre in Craigavon which is due to open in summer 2020.

With piling works now complete, the steelwork has started going up, creating a buzz of excitement as passers-by start to see the size and scale of the new £35 million build.

In the last two months, 1,000 concrete driven piles have been installed, ready to support the 650 tonnes of structural steel which will form the new construction, which stretches 160 metres in length by 55 metres wide.

Pictured here with Farrans Project Manager, Dwayne Rice, the Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty, said it was “an exciting time as construction gets off the ground”.

“I am so proud to be Lord Mayor witnessing this momentous project taking shape, knowing that it will be the pride of the borough, making this area the destination of choice for locals and visitors alike for generations to come,” Cllr Flaherty commented.

The new facility, which is being built adjacent to Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre overlooking Craigavon’s South Lake, features an impressive eight-lane, 50-metre swimming pool, a teaching pool, fun pool and a spectator gallery.

Once complete, the new gym will be the largest available on the island of Ireland, featuring state-of-the-art equipment, spin and dance studios. It will also include an extensive health and beauty suite, activity rooms, squash courts and a large sports hall suitable for a variety of sporting activities, as well an extensive outdoor watersports provision.

Farrans are the lead contractor on the project, procured via public procurement specialist Scape’s National Major Works framework.

Scape’s collaborative ethos involves engaging with approved local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers, meaning that the Craigavon project will provide significant employment opportunities for local residents and businesses.