At our development at Haverhill Leisure Centre our partners at the Etec Group welcomed a work experience placement, Arthur Pickton.
Arthur had been given the opportunity to complete 40 hours of work experience at the Haverhill Leisure Centre refurbishment site in Suffolk. He is a Level 3 student studying Construction and the Built Environment at The Milburn Campus, West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds and has plans to pursue a career in site management, and has been working alongside Site Manager, Steve Koeck. Steve says, ‘I can honestly say it is a pleasure to have a young person who is keen to learn and so positive.’
Arthur has also been spending time with other staff, learning how the trades work, helping him to gain vital knowledge about how an efficient and effective site runs.
Arthur says, ‘Steve and several sub-contractors I have worked with during my placement have made me feel very welcome, supported me with tasks and learning in the best way possible and for that I am overwhelmed with the outcome of my work experience at Etec.’
Arthur is keen to learn more and plans to extend his work experience beyond the 40 hour requirement for his course. He is a real credit to both himself and West Suffolk College.
The development of public sector leisure facilities is set to become more efficient and affordable after Denbighshire County Council appointed Alliance Leisure to lead its new UK Leisure Framework.
As the Leisure Development Partner of the new Framework, Alliance Leisure will facilitate the delivery of design, refurbishment, construction, equipping and development of leisure centres, theatres, play facilities, recreation facilities and sports facilities across the UK public sector and will also provide marketing support.
The announcement comes as funding cuts are forcing many local authorities to divert cash from leisure to maintain essential services leaving much of the UK’s ageing public leisure stock overdue for redevelopment.
The new Framework makes it easier and more cost-effective for public sector leisure providers to scope, develop and deliver physical leisure developments as well as cultural and marketing related services. It follows the successful relationship between Alliance Leisure and Denbighshire County Council during which has seen the development of eight projects over the last four years.
“The introduction of this Leisure Framework is hugely significant,” says Councillor Hugh Evans, Leader of Denbighshire County Council. “Traditionally, procuring development works is a costly and time consuming headache for local authority leisure providers. The Framework will simplify the whole process making it more cost and time efficient. It will also ensure only suppliers with proven track records are engaged, mitigating the risk involved when selecting delivery partners to ensure value for money to the public sector.”
The Framework is open to any public sector organisation including local authorities, leisure trusts and private limited companies operating leisure facilities on behalf of UK public sector clients.
Sarah Watts, CEO, Alliance Leisure, says: “Denbighshire County Council is leading the way with this Framework, which is focused on reducing costs and improving efficiencies for both the client and the contractor, ensuring a larger percentage of the client’s overall budget is allocated to the development project, rather than the procurement process.
“The option to use the Framework’s marketing services is also unique. Alliance Leisure is able to provide these services on an income-share basis, without the need for any upfront payment. The client is then only required to make payments when pre-agreed income targets are met.”
To reflect the individuality of every project, Alliance Leisure has selected a number of contractors, architects, specialist leisure advisors and equipment suppliers, to provide Framework services across a number of categories including; feasibility studies and business planning, design management and services, construction, sourcing and provision of private funding, marketing, branding and sales development and equipment provision.
Procured in accordance with EU Procurement Regulations by Denbighshire County Council, the Framework term is four years, commencing on February 1, 2017 and the Board comprises of Officers from Denbighshire County Council and representatives from Alliance Leisure. The Leisure Framework has a potential value of £750 million and the maximum value of any project awarded under the Framework is £20 million.
Alliance Leisure were proud to collect their Investors In the Environment (iiE) Silver Accreditation Award at the annual ceremony held at Peterborough’s Kingsgate Conference Centre on the 2nd February 2016.
Tom Fairey, Business Development Manager for Alliance Leisure collects the company accreditation
Investors in the Environment (iiE) is a national initiative to recognise and accredit companies that commit to green practices in all they do, and strive to maintain and improve them. After a recent assessment of Alliance’s energy efficiency and environmental impact throughout the business, the company were accredited with the iiE Silver Award, acknowledging the contribution to green initiatives and good practice.
Alliance Leisure will be hosting another of its national events in Scotland on the 11th November at Xcite Craigswood. This workshop will bring together senior leisure managers to discuss a range of relevant topics as well as receive updates from ukactive and Alliance about their observations covering the whole of the UK.
The day will commence at 10am and finish around 3pm. For more information or to book your place please contact John Leaver on 07909988532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the programme schedule below for full details of the day.
Alliance Leisure are proud to support junior football for the 2015-16 season with kit sponsorship for Ascot Royals Under 8s. The team are pictured here after their first win of the season. We’re sure there’s many more to come! Good luck boys