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New 30m leisure centre set to create 500 jobs.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

New 30m leisure centre set to create 500 jobs. thumbnail A computer-generated image of how the South Lakes Leisure Centre will look. The project is set to creat up to 500 jobs.

UP to 500 jobs are to be created with the development of the new 30 leisure centre in Craigavon, the Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has revealed.

The new centre is also projected to boost the Northern Ireland economy by 6.5m, and also mark the biggest capital project ever undertaken by the council.

Farrans Construction have been commissioned to build the new leisure centre, which involves engaging with local businesses, sub-contractors and suppliers.

Last December Farrans met with local companies in order to discuss the various opportunities associated with the project. In excess of 200 people attended the event, which saw demolition experts, security firms, plumbers, electricians, catering equipment suppliers, plasterers, engineering maintenance firms, landscapers, subcontractors and suppliers attending. It provided an excellent opportunity in understanding the local talent pool at an early stage and to consider the role of local employers of this project.

"Essentially there will be three areas of employment.

Direct employment through the project itself. Indirect through the supply chain and also induced employment through those employed to provide goods and services to meet increased consumption demands," explained Councillor Declan McAlinden, chairperson of leisure services committee.

"Council anticipates that there will be approximately 280 direct construction jobs with a further 240 jobs via the supply chain and wider economy.

Of the 280 figure, the assumption is that a substantial number will be created locally.

"It is also estimated that the construction-related employment will create 6.5million of direct wages in the Northern Ireland economy".

Council and Farrans are committed to engaging with the local community on a wider basis, given that significant social engagement has been planned for the project.

They will develop a comprehensive programme engaging with local schools, colleges, training providers, community groups and Jobcentre Plus to explore training, skills development and placement opportunities for locals, with the aim of ensuring that the local community is informed, and involved throughout the construction process.

Brigid McGuigan, Farrans' community engagement manager, said; "The philosophy of our wider social value strategy is to collaborate with agencies so that the investment opportunity created by this project can be leveraged to the greatest extent, acting as a catalyst to provide a lasting legacy of equality, inclusion, sustainable employment and training, and strong neighbourhoods for the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area, well after the facility is completed and in operation."

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