Belfast Telegraph

£35m Robinson centre plan submitted by Belfast council

By John Mulgrew

Work could soon get under way to demolish and redevelop two Belfast leisure centres as part of a £35m redevelopment.

Belfast City Council has filed plans to knock down Robinson Leisure Centre in east Belfast to make way for a £20m centre.

It came after it was decided that the £5m cost of removing asbestos and legionella at the existing complex would make revamping it too expensive.

The council is seeking to knock down the building and Clonduff Community Centre to make way for the new facility.

The centre will include a 25m four-lane swimming pool, a 20m-long training pool and leisure water provision, four courts, a sports hall, a 140-station fitness suite, fitness studio spaces and other rooms.

It will also have five-a-side pitches, a skate park, a playground and car parking.

The High Court was told in October that a city council decision to transfer the centre in Castlereagh to its control would go before a full hearing early next year.

The action, which was brought against the former Department of the Environment, had been repeatedly adjourned amid continuing efforts to reach a settlement.

Speaking about the pending case, a Belfast City Council spokesman said: "A planning application does not of itself commit the council to anything.

"However, we hope that issues will be resolved to allow the scheme to progress (so that) much-needed services can be delivered for east Belfast and beyond."

Plans are also in the works for a new £15m centre in Dunmurry, south Belfast.

The proposals involve knocking down the existing Brook Activity Centre and replacing it with a new structure.

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