£6.7m plan to redevelop Holme Pierrepont as family attraction
PLANS have been revealed for a £6.7 million redevelopment of the National Water Sports Centre, at Holme Pierrepont.
An outdoor laser tag game, Segway scooter hire and state-of-the-art gym facilities are among the attractions which are planned to be built at the Holme Pierrepont site.
The redevelopment is expected to begin in April, with a planned relaunch set to take place early next year.
Management firm Serco Leisure will help to run the site and says it aims to fulfil its true potential.
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Craig Mulhall, from the firm, said: “We want to make people aware of what we have got here – it’s a fantastic asset. These plans will see people come to the centre and staying here.
“But at the same time, we still have elite athletes using the centre and we want this to continue well into the future. It’s all about making the most of the potential of the hidden gem we have here in Notts.”
A community trust will also help run the site. Trust chairman Brian Taylor added: “These are very exciting plans.”
Twenty-five new jobs would be created at the centre – and the current 45 staff will keep their jobs.
The campsite will also be improved and a new “adventure” mini-golf course is planned. wooden camping pods will be built in groups.
Councillor John Cottee, culture committee chairman at Notts County Council said: “The National Water Sports Centre is one of Nottinghamshire’s crown jewels – this plan secures an exciting future for the centre for the next generation of users.”
“It is fantastic news on the back of an unforgettable year of sport in 2012 and forms part of the County Council’s sporting legacy for what is the Sporting County.”
The county council has been looking for a private partner to help run the watersports centre since September 2011, as it was costing the county council £350,000 to run.
The plans to have the centre run by Serco and the trust will save the council an estimated £14 million over the course of the 21-year-contract.