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Barr + Wray Plunges Into Selby Leisure Centre Project


Yorkshire residents are set to dive into new waters as Barr + Wray embarks on work on the Selby Leisure Centre. Main contractor Wates Construction has awarded aqua-leisure specialist B+W a £500,000 contract to install the water features for the centre. B+W will complete the design, supply and installation of a six-lane 25m competition and training pools, filtration and treatment systems and tiling works. Designed by architects Bradshaw Gass and Hope LLP, the facility will replace the Abbey Leisure Centre which was destroyed by a fire in 2013. With the centre partly funded by Sport England, the competition pool will have an extensive tiered viewing gallery for spectators. B+W will also install a world class timing and display system by Colorado Time Systems, the official provider of the American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA). Lorne Kennedy, European Sales Director, Barr + Wray said: “Following the devastating fire, Selby residents have had limited access


to fitness and swimming facilities. “Given Yorkshire’s strong sporting tradition, a state-of-the-art replacement is required by the community, while the addition of professional standard timing features and a competition pool will attract swimming contests. “Through our expertise in the design and installation of leisure facilities and close coordination with architects and structural engineers on the project we look forward to delivering the facilities in early 2015.” Work on the £9m leisure centre – supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding – began in February.


extended management deal with leisure charity, Fusion Lifestyle, to manage the city’s sports and leisure facilities until at least 2024.


Fusion has been managing the leisure facilities since 2009 and, in that time, the partnership has seen a number of successes, including two phases of capital investment, a 40% increase in participation across the facilities, the implementation of the Oxford Living Wage and a significant improvement in the financial performance of the centres.


As a result of the deal, Fusion will take over the management of the new competition swimming pool currently being built on the site of Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre and due to open in early 2015. Further investments at the Barton and Ferry Leisure Centres are also being planned,


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which will further improve the City Council’s revenue position.


Ian Brooke,


Head of Service for the City


Council’s Leisure, Parks and


Communities, said: “We are


confident that the


continued partnership with Fusion Lifestyle will help us to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the city’s residents.” Fusion Lifestyle currently operates over 80 health and fitness clubs and sports centres across London, the South East of England and the Midlands. Fusion is an independent charity devoted to promoting the benefits of healthy lifestyles and encouraging


participation in sports and physical activity.


Peter Kay, Chief Executive of Fusion, said: “We are absolutely delighted to confirm this contract extension with a key strategic partner. Our partnership with Oxford City Council has been marked by success and we look forward to building on the facility and service improvements delivered to date.”


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Initial works are under way on the casting of the pool shells with the centre due for completion in early 2015. Barr + Wray’s recent pool contracts include Linwood Sports Centre, Pickaquoy Leisure Centre and Center Parcs in Elveden, while its spa division has delivered projects for luxury hotel brands such as Gleneagles, Jumeirah Group, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Ritz Carlton.


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New Management Deal For Oxford Leisure Facilities Oxford City Council has announced a new


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