The whole ice and leisure complex at Slough Ice Arena will open in March next year, ahead of schedule, the council has announced.
The new complex was due to be opened in stages and not complete until at least April 2018 but now the team has combined and compressed construction to bring the final date forward; instead of a phased opening.
When complete the Ice Arena will include:
- a new ice rink
- new fully-glazed barriers
- new changing rooms and toilets
- new spectator seating and lighting
- new café
- new climbing wall with clip ‘n’ climb feature
- new gym
- extensive landscaping to the Bath Road
Alison Hibbert, leisure services manager, said: “By combining the opening into one clear date we can open the whole complex faster and ice users will not have the inconvenience of trying to skate whilst construction work continues in the building.”
Councillor Joginder Bal, commissioner for leisure and environment, said: “The Ice Arena will be incredible when it is finished and I am excited about it opening ahead of schedule.
“The sooner we can improve all our leisure facilities the sooner we can meet our promise of more people, more active, more often.”
The temporary ice rink in the car park behind Montem leisure centre will remain in place until the whole complex is opened.
Slough Ice Arena is being built for Slough Borough Council by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR); a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd which is driving regeneration across the town including leisure, housing, community and school buildings.
Andy Howell, SUR General Manager said “It’s fantastic that the council is investing in this exciting facility.
“Not only will the Ice Arena attract young people, families and a wide range of other leisure users, but the Slough Jets, our local ice hockey team, will also have an incredible new home.
“It’s time for us to get our skates on and make sure Slough spins to new dizzy heights!”