On 14 June 17 Local authorities from across England enjoyed a day of learning, knowledge transfer and engagement with SLC’s subject matter experts. They attended SLC’s second Think Tank of 2016 – ‘Developing Sustainable Leisure Facilities’.
Through a series of facilitated workshops, delegates explored their own projects with input from SLC’s expert team in design, cost and risk management, feasibility, facility development and leisure procurement.
SLC’s Toby Kingsbury and Associate Paul Weston Architect ran ‘Optimising your leisure portfolio’ looking at case studies such as the King Alfred Leisure Centre development in Brighton, with input from Brighton and Hove City Council’s Ian Shurrock.
SLC’s David Rushton ran ‘Procuring the right facility development and service outcomes’ exploring the outstanding leisure procurement achieved by Worcester City Council, who SLC supported in 2015. Operator input was provided by Andre Thomas from Fusion Lifestyles, who hosted the session (SLC rotate Think Tank hosts amongst all major operators to enable delegates to see recently refurbished or new leisure facilities).
SLC’s Duncan Wood-Allum, Associate John Button from Castons, the UK’s leading leisure cost and risk experts and Laura Froshaug ran ‘Getting your Feasibility study right first time’. The day was wrapped up with a tour of Tottenham Pools Sport and Fitness and the groundbreaking New River Sport and Fitness facilities, led by Mark Munday of Fusion Lifestyles.
Duncan Wood-Allum commented, “We were delighted to be joined by many of our current clients including East Northamptonshire DC and Stevenage BC and past clients including Derby CC and East Hampshire DC / Havant DC. The quality of discussion and debate was at the right level for the strategic leaders that attended and the feedback received was fantastic. I’d like to thank all involved for making it such a constructive day of sharing best practice and lessons learned.”
SLC has been running industry leading Think Tanks since its inception in 2010 and plans to run its next session in London / South East on Leisure Procurement with the twin themes of ‘Asset Management’ and ‘Engaging with the Inactive’ on 4th October 2016.
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