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Sport Work starts on St Albans scheme pETE hayman


Work has started on a multi- million pound scheme to demolish and replace the Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre in St Albans. However, St Albans City


and District Council has to seek a new contractor for the construction phase after a receiver was appointed to its preferred option – Michael McNamara & Co. It is still hoped the main


building work will be able to start in January, with the new S&P Architects-designed facility due to open in summer 2012. Te existing facility will remain open during


S&P Architects are behind the design of the new Westminster Lodge


the construction phase, before being demol- ished when the new-build complex opens. A number of surrounding buildings are also


to be demolished to make way for the new Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, which will


feature a 500sq m (5,382sq ſt) spa area with a 60sq m (646sq ſt) outdoor terrace overlook- ing the nearby abbey. Facilities will include a 25m x 17m, eight-


lane main swimming pool with 50 per cent moveable floor; a 17m x 10m learner pool with fully-moveable floor and a climbing wall.


Green light for £9m Everton FC scheme pETE hayman


Everton Football Club’s (EFC) plans for a £9m retail and administration development at its Goodison Park stadium have been approved. Liverpool City Council has


green lighted the Premier League club’s proposals, which have been drawn up by Formroom Architects for the Park End of the ground. Facilities will include a


900sq m (9,688sq ft) EFC retail shop; a museum; a café and a ‘fan-focused hospitality lounge’, as well as office space. Te Addy Consultancy is also involved with the development. Work is due to start by the end of the year


How the redeveloped Park End at Everton FC’s Goodison Park will look EFC chief executive officer Robert Elstone


and completed in autumn 2011. Club partners Kitbag and Sodexho are funding the scheme.


said: “Tis new scheme is totally self-funded by partners so there is no net cost to the Club. In fact, it is cash-positive from the start.”


Lane4 secures Loughborough research deal pETE hayman


Loughborough University has announced


that it has secured a new four-year research agreement with performance development consultancy Lane4. Te new deal will see Lane4 support sport and performance psychology


© cybertrek 2010 Pelhams Park is to boast two new pools


BBC to unveil new Kinson swimming facilities


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Bournemouth Borough Council (BBC) has confirmed that two new swimming pools at Kinson’s Pelhams Park Leisure Centre are to open on 6 December. Refurbishment work has been carried


out to transform the centre’s facilities aſter it was acquired by the local authority from ROKO in July 2009. Te facility, which will be run by BH


Live on behalf of the council, will feature a brighter pool hall with a larger swimming pool and teaching pool.


‘Full approval’ for National Football Centre


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Work on England’s new National Football Centre is to commence in January 2011 aſter the scheme was given full approval by the Football Association’s (FA) board. Locum Consulting and Colliers


research at the institution in a bid to deliver the ‘highest standards in excellence’. Dr David Fletcher of Loughborough


University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Studies helped to secure the agree- ment and will oversee the research.


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International have both been involved with the development of St George’s Park, which is to be built on a 330-acre (133.5-hectare) site near Burton-upon-Trent. Facilities at the complex will include a coach education and training centre.


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Work starts on £1m Institute FC scheme


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A turf-cutting ceremony has marked the start of work on a £1m redevelopment of Institute Football Club’s Riverside Stadium in Drumahoe, Northern Ireland. First Minister Peter Robinson and sports


minister Nelson McCausland were in atten- dance, with the Northern Ireland Executive contributing more than £800,000. A new 650-seat east stand will be created


as part of the scheme, along with a control room and media suite. Te capacity of the venue will increase to 3,000.


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