Major £450,000 refurbishment plan to transform King Alfred Sports Centre

A £450,000 refurbishment scheme to upgrade facilities at King Alfred Sports Centre at Highbridge near Burnham-on-Sea is soon to get underway.

The work which is due to start on 21st September follows a joint partnership investment scheme between 1610 and Somerset County Council. 1610 currently manages the leisure facilities on behalf of the Council.

Under the investment plan 1610 will contribute almost £400,000 and Somerset County Council £50,000 to transform and update the facilities and wellbeing services at the site at the King Alfred School.

Major refurbishment works are required at King Alfred Sports Centre after it suffered flood damage in August 2014. The centre was temporarily closed for initial repair work to be carried out and, whilst the building and services have partially reopened, the gym area has remained unavailable.

The work is expected to take 8 – 10 weeks to complete with the new facilities being fully reopened by early December.

1610 CEO Tim Nightingale says that the investment at the Centre will transform fitness facilities and services in Burnham: “Funding to modernise King Alfred’s Sports Centre is much needed. We have spent the last year working with SCC to repair the water damaged building and I would like to thank both the staff and customers for their understating and patience. The refurbishment will revitalise King Alfred’s for both the local community and the School students. We hope to extend services at the site during the next ten years and we are fully committed to providing an excellent leisure facility into the heart of the Burnham community.”

Denise Hurr, Head Teacher for King Alfred School says ‘We are very excited to see the redevelopment of the Sports Centre begin.  The development of the facilities will benefit the whole community and will see state of the art provision on site.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Inward Investment and Policy, said “it is good news that this refurbishment is going to take place and I’m pleased to hear that we now have a start date for work to begin. This is a considerable investment in leisure services in Burnham and the improvements will bring benefits for both the students and the wider community”