Why have local authorities and leisure trusts chosen to manage capital projects through the UK Leisure Framework?
There is no such thing as a typical project. The UK Leisure Framework delivers a diverse array of projects. Project values range from £200K for the installation of Anglesey’s first 3G pitch to £18 million for a new build destination water park in North Wales.
Projects completed under the Framework range from single site refurbishments to the reconfiguration of entire leisure stock portfolios. Whatever the project value, the Framework’s focus is always on the delivery of community value. Something as simple as an inexpensive play park refurbishment can have a huge impact on the long term health and wellbeing of a community.
In these times of austerity, some public sector leisure providers may be reluctant to invest in a non-statutory service such as leisure. What would you say to them?
Through multiple funding sources. Many projects are funded through prudential borrowing from the PWLB whilst others use capital, privately sourced by Alliance Leisure. There is also the opportunity to incorporate third party grants. Some projects incorporate a mix of funding options. The UK Leisure Framework is built to be flexible, making it as easy as possible to invest.