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New £35m South Lake Leisure Centre will not open in August as planned

South Lakes Leisure Centre

The new £35million South Lake Leisure Centre in Craigavon will not open in August as originally planned.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council had earmarked August 15 earlier this year, following what they described as an “on-track 32-month build and a multi-million-pound investment”.

However, Council say the coronavirus pandemic has put pay to those plans with no new opening date pencilled in at this stage.

“The coronavirus pandemic will delay the opening date for the new South Lake Leisure Centre,” a Council spokesperson told Armagh I.

“The contractor is currently assessing how to recommence work on site (taking into account PHA and associated advice).

“The building can only be opened when it is safe to do so.

“Once we have an understanding of the anticipated restrictions on the new working environment, and how long these restrictions might last, we’ll be in a better position to consider a revised opening date.”

Nearby leisure facilities in Portadown (Cascade Leisure Centre), Lurgan (Waves Leisure Complex) and Brownlow (Craigavon Leisure Centre) are to be levelled after a lack of interest was shown to have them re-developed.

South Lakes Leisure Centre

South Lakes Leisure Centre

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