Brighton & Hove City Council has awarded a ten year contract to run a range of leisure services, including the King Alfred leisure centre, to a non-for-profit company. But a break clause still allows for plans to redevelop the site.
The last controversial plans, which were abandoned in July 2008 [see earlier story] were designed by the American architect Frank Gehry and included 751 affordable homes and a new state-of-the-art leisure centre.
The decision to outsource the running of the centre is not without controversy. Cabinet member for culture Cllr. David Smith has said that the King Alfred needs the sort of investment that councils just don’t have and suggested that it becomes a community trust.
The contract for the King Alfred, which expires in 2021 and has been awarded to Freedom Leisure, also includes the Prince Regent swimming pool, Hove Lagoon, Withdean Stadium, Moulsecoomb Community Leisure Centre, Stanley Deason Leisure Centre and St Luke’s swimming pool.
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