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prOperty Outdoor adventure resort for Northumberland

A planning application for a £50m outdoor adventure resort on a former open cast mine will be submitted to Northumberland County Council this week. The brainchild of entre-

DC Leisure operates more than 100 centres

Places for People acquires DC Leisure

Property management and development group Places for People has acquired man- agement contractor DC Leisure. According to a spokesperson, the deal

will see both companies grow their lei- sure and facilities management services, alongside other housing and development activity in communities across the UK. As part of the acquisition DC Leisure

will keep its existing identity, Board, and governance structures, but operate as a sub- sidiary of Places for People. Places for People currently works in

230 local authorities, owning or manag- ing 82,000 properties. DC Leisure manages more than 100 leisure facilities on behalf of 28 local authorities. Steve Philpott, CEO of DC Leisure, said:

“Tis will be a pioneering partnership - the first time a housing provider has joined forces with a leisure provider. “It’s going to be an exciting and unique

adventure for us all which will create many new opportunities to improve the com- munities we serve. We attract 25 million visits each year, have built 10 new leisure centres over the last six years and, most importantly, we are improving the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve by getting them physically active.” Details:

£40m campus to open in east Manchester

Plans are underway to build a £40m com- munity campus in east Manchester. Te 16-acre development project is led by

Manchester City Council (MCC) and sup- ported by Manchester City Football Club. Te Beswick Community Hub Masterplan

sets out a blueprint for four key initiatives – a new leisure centre; the Manchester Institute of Sports Science; the Manchester House of Sport (a proposed home for national and international sports bodies) and Sport Medicine; and a sixth form col- lege. Details:


preneur, Chris Davies, the scheme has been some eight years in the making and involves ski slopes, gorges, canyons, mountain bike trails, an off road vehicle course and a lake. Indoor facilities include climbing walls, a fitness cen- tre, a water park, restaurants and coffee shops, as well as camping pods and eco lodges for overnight stays. Following a public consultation at the

Facilities at the centre are set to include a number of climbing walls

plans and particularly the hundreds of jobs the resort will create.” A planning application for the initial phase

beginning of the month, Davies told local press: “Te vast majority who attended the consultation were really enthusiastic about the

is due to be submitted in the near future, with a full application to follow in the spring. Details:

Barr secures Witham centre contract

Barr construction will begin work on a new £9.5m leisure centre in Witham, Essex in spring 2013. Te building contract was

awarded by Braintree District Council (BDC) which is funding the Witham Leisure Centre. Designed by Scott Brownrigg Architects, the cen- tre will replace the Bramston Sports Centre and is set to open in summer 2014. Located adjacent to

Bramston Sports Centre, the new facilities will include a six-lane swimming pool and a wet area with a sauna and steamroom. Two treatment rooms will be on offer for

beauty treatments and physiotherapy. Tere will also be a 75-station fitness suite as

well as two dance studios, two squash courts and four tennis courts. Barclay Chalmers, managing director of Barr Construction, said:

Designed by Scott Brownrigg Architects, the centre is set to open in 2014

“We are extremely proud to be playing such a significant role in delivering a first-class sport- ing facility which will be warmly welcomed by the local community in Witham as well as ath- letes from across the Essex area. “We look forward to starting work on site in early 2013.” Details:

West Ham named preferred tenant for Olympic Stadium

West Ham United has been named as the pre- ferred bidder to become the permanent tenant at the London Olympic Stadium. The London Legacy Corporation board

agreed unanimously on 3 December that the football club’s bid ranked top of all

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four received. Bids were also received from University College of Football and Business (UCFB), Leyton Orient FC and Intelligent Transport Services – which proposed holding a Formula One race around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Details:

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