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Ice Rink Refurbishment
Artists impression of the new ice rink at East Kilbride
The multi-million pound redevelopment of East Kilbride Ice Rink took a step forward with councillors approving a further £300,000 contribution to the funding package.
A report went before South Lanarkshire Council’s Executive Committee outlining a new timescale for the project, which is running six to nine months behind its original schedule.
It also states that the budget for the new ice rink has jumped from between £1.25 and £1.50 million to £2.36m.
The report goes on to say that the new leisure hub, in the Olympia, will be open by next October, with work due to start this September or October on the ice rink, which could be closed for up to a year.
The report adds: “East Kilbride Ice Rink is operated by South Lanarkshire Leisure and Cultural Trust and is held under a lease by the Council, with a sub-lease to the Trust.
The ice rink is approximately 25 years old and attracts between 115,000 and 120,000 customers each year. It has, however, come to the end of its useful economic life.
The coolant agent used to maintain the ice, known as R22, is no longer considered appropriate for this use and its production and sale is now prohibited within the UK.
The Leisure Trust holds a stock of coolant, however, since January 1, 2015 that can no longer be used to replenish the system."
“Should the system depressurise, which periodically happens, the ice rink will no longer be able to operate without the significant investment recommended in this report.
The refurbishment of the Ice Rink will coincide with a wider redevelopment of the area around it within Olympia Mall which the owners of East Kilbride Town Centre, Orion Capital Managers (Orion), are proposing to carry out.”
Councillors are also being asked to give the go-ahead to the conclusion of two legal agreements with owners of the town centre, Orion.
These are the lease which will secure the use of the Ice Rink by the council and Leisure Trust for the next 25 years and the responsibilities of both parties.
A funding package for the new ice rink of £2.060m is in place.
This is made up of £1.410m from the council’s existing capital programme, a £250,000 contribution from the town centre owner and other external funding bids.
Work is ongoing to identify the remaining £300,000 to complete the funding package.