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sport Durham Uni unveils new facility

A new £6.7m sports facility at Durham University’s Maiden Castle site, located on the out- skirts of the city, has been unveiled by minister for sport Hugh Robertson. Built by construction firm

ISG, the new building houses a £1m powered indoor rowing tank – one of only three such facilities in the UK – and a purpose-built boat house. The indoor tank will be

used to teach sculling and crew skills and is designed to simulate the feel and move- ment of a boat in water. Te water flow can be adjusted electronically. An extended sports hall for increased indoor

A £1m powered indoor rowing tank is among the facilities at the venue

cricket provision; a performance analysis suite; physiotherapy treatment rooms; and a 28-sta- tion rowing Ergo gallery are also included. Robertson said: “Tis fantastic facility will provide world-class sports facilities for elite

athletes and community users alike and help more people to take up sport.” Durham University vice-chancellor

Professor Chris Higgins, added: “We are immensely proud to be able to contribute to the sporting legacy of the 2012 Games.” Details:

Te new centre will offer 647sq m of water space £25m for Scotland’s national sports centre

Plans for the development of a National Performance Centre for Sport in Scotland are set to benefit from up to £25m from the Scottish Government’s Young Scots Fund. Stewart Regan, chief exec-

utive of the Scottish Football Association, will chair a steer- ing group for the project, which will be responsible for setting out criteria for bids from local authorities looking to locate the facility in their respective areas, as well as a timetable for completion. A National Football Academy to be delivered

Roof in place at St Albans’s Westminster Lodge centre

St Albans City and District Council has welcomed the latest milestone in work to construct a new £24m leisure centre for the city, following the installation of the roof. S&P Architects have designed the new

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, which will comprise a 500sq m (5,382sq ſt) spa area; 647sq m (6,964sq ſt) of water space; and a 200-station gym when complete. Willmott Dixon is the lead contractor. Details: To read about S&P’s work on Te Pods in

Scunthorpe, see Leisure Management Issue 1 2012, p.26:

It is hoped the centre will support Scotland’s future footballing success

over the next four years will be at the heart of the venue, which will also cater for other sports under Scottish Government plans. Robison said: “Football is Scotland’s national game and, building on our record investment

in the sport, we want to build the foundations of future success for our national sides. “One of the key recommendations of the

McLeish Review into Scottish football was the establishment of a national football centre.” Details:

£600,000 funding for Scottish sports legacy projects

More than £600,000 will be invested in a series of events designed to get more commu- nities involved in sports activities ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Te Scottish Government and EventScotland will work together on the Games for Scotland


programme, which will see events take place across the country in 2012 and 2013. Taster events of 17 Commonwealth Games

events will be provided as part of the initiative, which aims to increase physical activity. Details:

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GLL to run new central London sports centre

Camden Council has revealed that operator Greenwich Leisure (GLL) is to run a new sports facility to be built as part of a new development in Kings Cross, London. GLL already operates leisure facilities

across the London borough on behalf of the council but has agreed to add the new cen- tre to its portfolio when it opens in 2014. A 25m pool and ‘lagoon’ fun pool; a

100-station gym; and a spa area including a sauna and steamroom are among the facili- ties earmarked for the sports centre. Details:

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Bay Leisure to run Swansea watersports facility

Bay Leisure, the operator of Swansea’s LC complex, has secured a contract to manage the city’s new water and beach sports cen- tre when it opens later this year. Te group said it will be working in part-

nership with Swansea University to run the facility aſter it opens in the autumn and aims to offer a year-round destination. Windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing and

open-water swimming are among the activ- ities that will be on offer at the centre, while facilities will also include changing areas. Details:

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