As part of our £105 million Leisure Transformation Programme we’re investing £8 million in the redevelopment of Avoniel Leisure Centre.
This investment is part of a £45 million investment into leisure provision in east Belfast. We have received £5 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a £17 million restoration and extension of Templemore Baths, where the focus will be on heritage and spa provision. Work is also currently underway on the new £20 million Robinson Centre where the focus will be on aquatics.
Please note that redevelopment work at Avoniel and Templemore Baths will not start until the new Robinson Centre is open, ensuring continuity of swimming provision in east Belfast.
Avoniel unique selling point – outdoor leisure
Following initial consultation with local community groups, statutory organisations, and advice from a range of industry experts, we have taken the decision that the new centre will focus largely on outdoor leisure provision and will be a sports centre for soccer. In addition, the new centre will have a number of other facilities:
- One intermediate standard 3G pitch
- Three covered 3G five-a-side pitches
- Two outdoor 3G five-a-side pitches
- One outdoor 3G seven-a-side pitch
- 240 covered seats
- Two studios / multi-purpose rooms
- Two meeting / training rooms
- Changing facilities for teams, officials and individuals
- Play service provision
- On-site car parking
Public engagement and next steps
We ran a public consultation on our design concepts for Avoniel between Tuesday 28 November 2017 and Sunday 14 January 2018. All feedback received will be considered before submitting the redevelopment proposals for planning permission in spring 2019.