£0.5m Derg Valley Leisure Centre upgrade to get under way

Strabane District Council chairperson Thomas Kerrigan officially launches refurbishment works at Derg Valley Leisure Centre. Also pictured are Council Chief Executive Danny McSorley, Peter Tracey of Tracey Architects and John Lowry of Lowry Brothers who will carry out the upgrades. DR45

WORK to refurbish Derg Valley Leisure Centre will get under way within two weeks it has been confirmed. Strabane District Council announced this week that Lowry Brothers contractors have been appointed to carry out the £588,000 upgrade.
The scheme is part of a wider refurbishment package of Strabane council’s entire leisure estate. Riversdale Leisure Centre and Melvin Park are also due to under go multi-million facelifts over the next four years.
Derg Valley’s overhaul will include a new gym and fitness centre including treadmills, cross trainers, cycles, rowing machines, steppers and free weights. A group fitness studio suitable for spinning, boxercise, pilates and yoga and a multi-activity room for birthday parties are also planned.
The centre will close for business on August 10 with work due to start on August 20.
Speaking ahead of the beginning of the programme of works, council chairman Thomas Kerrigan said, “Strabane District Council commissioned an ambitious capital development programme in its new corporate plan. I am extremely pleased that the project at Derg Valley Leisure Centre is proceeding as planned. This project will modernise the leisure facilities and offer more choice and quality of service for our local ratepayers.”
Strabane District Council is planning to invest a further £1.8 million in leisure upgrades at Melvin Hall and also is advancing a business case for the provision of a new leisure centre including swimming and outdoor facilities in Strabane.
The council’s interim chief executive Danny McSorley added, “Strabane District Council has set out a clear and challenging programme of modernisation. Derg Valley is the first of our centres to begin this process of transformation with the redevelopment of Melvin and Riversdale to follow. I would encourage all customers of Derg Valley Leisure Centre to avail of our facilities in Riversdale whilst their local centre is being redeveloped. We apologise for this disruption to service and eagerly await the re-opening of the higher quality leisure facility in 2013.”
Derg Valley’s outdoor synthetic pitch will remain open for most of the redevelopment with services and changing being provided from Mitchell Park changing rooms. A booking process for this facility will be open shortly and details are available from the centre on 028 8167 0727.


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