Thousands of dollars spent on consulting fees for Tuebrook Leisure Center collapse
More than £10,000 has been spent on consultations regarding the condition of a crumbling Tuebrook Leisure Centre.
Liverpool Council has awarded work worth nearly £13,000 to Kier Construction to advise on roof repairs at the Peter Lloyd Leisure Centre, according to a list of contracts handed over by the local authority. The six-week contract was to assess the amount of work needed at the site which was badly delayed after extensive water damage to the roof led to a vital need for repairs inside the main hall.
The consultancy firm confirmed earlier this month that £1million was being invested in the Bankfield Road site to upgrade it. Work is expected to be completed in August at the location which has suffered significant delays.
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Of the £1 million, £150,000 is to be spent on the roof itself, while the additional £850,000 will be used for interior renovations. Changes will also be made to existing gym equipment and changing rooms to bring it up to standard with other Lifestyles centers which have since reopened as coronavirus rules have been gradually relaxed.
It was revealed earlier this year that the site is set to reopen in September, a year later than originally planned. The popular leisure center was originally due to open in the autumn of last year before it was confirmed that complications had arisen with the works, leading to a further setback.
The pace of the project has even drawn criticism from Mayor Joanne Anderson, who said progress at Tuebrook hasn’t been good enough. A capital investment of £500,000 has already been invested in the site by Liverpool Council, which Cllr Harry Doyle, Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, previously said underlined the commitment of the local authority to Peter Lloyd.
The additional work had previously met with some skepticism from the board’s audit committee, with members saying “additional work invariably means additional delay”.