The multi-million pound Community Sports Facility (CSF) has taken an exciting step forward with the installation of the steel frame.
Two months after ground was broken, the streel structure, which will form the main stand of the multi-functional facility has gone up and shows clearly the shape the CSF will take.
The works started last September with site investigations including archaeology and then in January moved onto building the main structure with the foundations being laid and steel frame installed.
The next stage of the build will include installing the drainage system, carrying out blockworks and laying concrete slabs on the ground of the CSF.
The site will also have a new sports hall built and the foundations for this have been laid and the steel frame is partly up.
Visitors to Arbour Park will also notice that colourful hoardings have been installed around the perimeter of the site to keep it safe and secure.
Worth the wait
Councillor Martin Carter, commissioner for community and leisure, said: “It’s very exciting to see a project I have championed for years coming to life.
“With the steel frame up it’s clear to see the main stand take shape and as works are steadily progressing on all aspects of the development, I am confident we will be on track to complete phase one on time.
“Once finished the CSF will be a great new sports centre for local people to use and a fantastic new addition to the town’s overall leisure facilities, which will see a huge boost over the next few years as a result of the considerable investment the council is making.”
On completion, the new CSF will serve an area of the borough that has high inactivity levels and will offer a programme of activity attracting local people of all ages to become more active, more often – a key outcome in the council’s five year £35 million leisure strategy.
In July 2014 cabinet approved the adoption of the council’s five year leisure strategy which recommended a replacement facility for Montem Leisure Centre, improvement works to Slough Ice Arena and a new CSF to be developed on the Arbour Park site.
In July 2015, cabinet members made the decision to phase the development of the CSF with phase one on track to finish in August 2016.
A Two Phase Scheme due for completion spring 2017
Phase one includes building a four court sports hall for St Joseph’s School and community use, a 3G pitch, car park and sports accommodation, including the ground floor of the main stand.
Phase two of the scheme will deliver the first floor accommodation of the main stand including a function room and will continue without interrupting the opening and operation of the overall facility in August 2016.
The completion of phase two is estimated to be delivered in spring 2017.
The development of the CSF is being done in partnership with Slough Urban Renewal and constructed by Morgan Sindall.