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Why build a new centre

An independent feasibility study concluded building a new centre provided the best long-term value for money. Here is why:

Option

Cost

Additional major refurbishment work required over next 25 years to keep building operational

Lost revenue during full or partial closure to carry out work

Total cost

Reduction in amount of subsidy council pays each year due to savings from work

Number of years to payback cost of scheme

Refurbish existing centre

£3.7m

£2m

£0.5m

£6.2m

£206,000

30

Partially rebuild existing centre

£6.1m

£2m

£0.75m

£8.85m

£260,000

34

Build new centre

£8.5m

£0

£0

£8.5m

£470,000

18


Councillors chose to build a new centre after considering two other options to refurbish the existing Queen’s Park Sports Centre.

Option 1 – Refurbish the existing centre

This involved:
  • Installing cladding on the front of the building
  • Creating a new entrance area
  • Replacing the polycarbonate dome with a combination of green and glazed roofs
  • Installing new floor, wall and ceiling finishes to public areas
  • Carrying out around £800,000 of improvements to the heating, ventilation and electrical systems
  • Four training rooms added
Advantages:
  • Affordable
  • Improves appearance and condition of public areas
  • Some improvement in energy efficiency
  • Addresses some of the maintenance issues at the centre
Disadvantages:
  • Doesn’t carry out all the essential work identified in the building condition survey.
  • A further £2m would need to be spent over the next 25 years to address these
  • Building works would result in parts of the centre being closed, restricting customer access and costing an estimated £500,000 in lost income.
  • Fails to address many of the fundamental shortcomings of the centre eg car parking, there would still be no village change or group changing facilities, the reception would still not visually link with rest of building, poor space efficiency and whilst the energy efficiency of the building would improve it would not be as efficient as a new build 
Option 2 – Partially rebuild the existing centre

This would involve everything in option one plus:

  • Creating a new central hub with direct and visual links to facilities
  • Demolishing part of the building and providing an extension to the front of the building to create new village changing rooms
  • Relocating the café to the ground floor alongside an open plan reception
  • Moving the fitness suite to the space where the café currently is 
Advantages:
  • Affordable
  • Improves appearance and condition of public areas
  • Some improvement in energy efficiency
  • Addresses many of the fundamental shortcomings of the existing centre
  • Creates a ‘wow’ factor and would improve income
Disadvantages:
  • During the partial rebuild some of centre would be closed restricting customer access and costing around £750,000 in lost revenue
  • Doesn’t carry out all the essential work identified in the building condition survey. A further £2m would need to be spent over the next 25 years to address these.
  • Some of the significant issues would not be addressed
Option 3 – Build a new centre on the Queen’s Park Annexe site

To build a new sports centre on the Annexe that would incorporate many of the existing facilities e.g. swimming pool, sports hall, fitness provision etc together with up to 4 training rooms.

Advantages:
  • Affordable and offers the best long term value for money and greatest return on the initial investment
  • Addresses all the identified problems of the existing centre
  • Provides a smaller but better designed building which provides comparable facilities but makes better use of space, eliminating problems like long corridors
  • High energy efficiency
  • Minimises future maintenance costs
  • Creates a ‘wow’ factor and modern facilities
  • No loss of service or revenue during construction
  • Enables us to provide a centre that is as fully accessible as possible.
  • Regenerates the Queens Park Annexe land for year-round community use through removal of the disused athletics track.
Disadvantages:
  • More expensive than option 1 initially
  • Requires relocation of some football fixtures from Queen’s Park annexe
  • Builds on disused athletics track
  • Another use will need to be found for the existing site

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Chesterfield Borough Council
Town Hall
Rose Hill
Chesterfield
S40 1LP

Tel: 01246 345345
Text: 07960 910264
Fax: 01246 345252

In Person At:-
Customer Service Centre
85 New Square
Chesterfield
S401SN

Email:
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