North Down Borough Council (the "Council") recently carried out an options appraisal to assess the optimum means of delivering leisure services in the North Down area. This appraisal was prompted by the construction of a major new leisure centre in Bangor incorporating a 50 metre pool which is due to open at the end of 2012 (the "Leisure Centre"). This facility will include Northern Ireland’s first 50m FINA International Specification swimming pool as well as a diving pool, leisure waters, a fitness suite, a full range of dry facilities and outdoor synthetic pitches.
The Council currently manages all leisure facilities and recreation grounds within its ownership. It is currently envisaged that the following facilities will fall within the scope of this contract:
Bangor Castle Leisure Centre (until it is replaced by the new Leisure Centre);
The new Leisure Centre;
Queen’s Leisure Complex, Holywood;
Spafield Pitch, Holywood; and
The proposed synthetic hockey pitch at Sullivan Upper School, Holywood (together the "Facilities").
The following additional facilities may also form part of the contract scope during its term (at the Council's sole discretion):
The Council’s recreation grounds; and
Any other leisure facility which might come into the ownership of the Council during the term of the contract (together the "Additional Facilities").
The Council is also minded to include the services currently provided by the Council's Sports Development Unit as part of this contract, however, such sports development services and the Additional Facilities will be open to consideration as part of the competitive dialogue.