Chance to see £65m plans for Oasis

Coun Keith Williams outside the Oasis Leisure Centre, which is in line for a revamp

Coun Keith Williams outside the Oasis Leisure Centre, which is in line for a revamp

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THE long-awaited plans for a £65m revamp of the Oasis Leisure Centre are set to be viewed by the public.

The outline plans for the Oasis Leisure Centre are set to go on display there on Friday, November 9 from 1pm to 8pm and Saturday, November 10 from 10am to midday and then from 1pm to 6pm.

Moirai Capital Invest-ments, which took over the centre in June, signed a deal with Swindon Council earlier this year to refurbish the old centre and later provide other leisure facilities on an adjoining site, including a hotel and indoor ski slope.

The site will also include a multi-purpose indoor arena concert space originally conceived to accommodate 5,000 people, but now being planned to take 7,500.

Project manager Chris Lewis, said: “We are very excited about these events as they will provide us with some vital feedback from the people of Swindon.

“We know how much people value the Oasis and we are extremely keen to discuss our plans with them and hear their ideas.

“The development will be at the heart of the community of Swindon, and it is important that the public have their say.”

The overall leisure scheme is predicted to create 1,700 jobs, including 400 full-time and 600 part-time positions, and several hundred other jobs.

This is through construction and ongoing supported activity associated with the development.

The Moirai team is led by Martin Barber, who was the founder and developer of the X-scape brand behind the Milton Keynes, Castleford and Braehead indoor ski slopes.

He has also had a hand in the development of another 20 leisure parks.

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10:38am Sat 3 Nov 12

dglaholm says...

This is excellent news...Well done Swindon Council...
This is excellent news...Well done Swindon Council... dglaholm
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11:00am Sat 3 Nov 12

itsamess3 says...

Correction-Well done Morai with much more to come. The bonus being thi income from the site for the Council and vistors to our town.
Correction-Well done Morai with much more to come. The bonus being thi income from the site for the Council and vistors to our town. itsamess3
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1:00pm Sat 3 Nov 12

SockPuppet says...

So looking forward to taking the kids skiing just around the corner from home :-)
So looking forward to taking the kids skiing just around the corner from home :-) SockPuppet
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3:33pm Sat 3 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

This really is good news, and credit to the Council for assisting this to happen.

The site will also include a multi-purpose indoor arena concert space originally conceived to accommodate 5,000 people, but now being planned to take 7,500.

That's pretty amazing, it'll put the new venue's capacity at just under that of Hammersmith Apollo - which means it'll be a serious national concert venue.

Would have been good for the article to have stated when the development is planned to be complete and open, but what with this and the old college development, things might actually start to look up for the town come 2014.
This really is good news, and credit to the Council for assisting this to happen. [quote] The site will also include a multi-purpose indoor arena concert space originally conceived to accommodate 5,000 people, but now being planned to take 7,500. [/quote] That's pretty amazing, it'll put the new venue's capacity at just under that of Hammersmith Apollo - which means it'll be a serious national concert venue. [p] Would have been good for the article to have stated when the development is planned to be complete and open, but what with this and the old college development, things might actually start to look up for the town come 2014. I 2 Could B
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3:34pm Sat 3 Nov 12

1 2 Could B says...

dglaholm wrote:
This is excellent news...Well done Swindon Council...
LOL!
[quote][p][bold]dglaholm[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news...Well done Swindon Council...[/p][/quote]LOL! 1 2 Could B
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4:51pm Sat 3 Nov 12

I 2 Could B says...

1 2 Could B wrote:
dglaholm wrote: This is excellent news...Well done Swindon Council...
LOL!
We realise you can never bring yourself to admit the council have done anything good, but in this case, they actually have.

Moirai Capital Invest-ments, which took over the centre in June, signed a deal with Swindon Council earlier this year to refurbish the old centre and later provide other leisure facilities on an adjoining site, including a hotel and indoor ski slope.

There are two parties involved here. I thought you'd have been delighted about the indoor ski slope - what with your love of snowdomes.
[quote][p][bold]1 2 Could B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dglaholm[/bold] wrote: This is excellent news...Well done Swindon Council...[/p][/quote]LOL![/p][/quote]We realise you can never bring yourself to admit the council have done anything good, but in this case, they actually have. [quote] Moirai Capital Invest-ments, which took over the centre in June, signed a deal with Swindon Council earlier this year to refurbish the old centre and later provide other leisure facilities on an adjoining site, including a hotel and indoor ski slope. [/quote] There are two parties involved here. I thought you'd have been delighted about the indoor ski slope - what with your love of snowdomes. I 2 Could B
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10:57pm Sat 3 Nov 12

PeeGee says...

Adver 21st September 2012:
"Moirai has also revealed there have been fortnightly meetings in Swindon as part of the first phase, and that general painting, tidying up and improvements to the grounds have already begun.

Mr Holmes said specifications had been agreed on the improvements to the dry and wet changing areas, the toilet facilities and the reception area. This will be altered so customers no longer have to queue outside in the rain. This work is expected to start before Christmas."

I use the Oasis twice a week. No painting visible. Seeing is believing on work starting before Christmas. All that has happened is any SBC logos have had "Morai" stickers placed over them and staff have new uniforms.

The man in charge builds snow domes. Does anyone really think he is interested in the existing building? He has 7 years to do as promised in the useless agreement signed by SBC.

Wake up and smell the coffee.
Adver 21st September 2012: "Moirai has also revealed there have been fortnightly meetings in Swindon as part of the first phase, and that general painting, tidying up and improvements to the grounds have already begun. Mr Holmes said specifications had been agreed on the improvements to the dry and wet changing areas, the toilet facilities and the reception area. This will be altered so customers no longer have to queue outside in the rain. This work is expected to start before Christmas." I use the Oasis twice a week. No painting visible. Seeing is believing on work starting before Christmas. All that has happened is any SBC logos have had "Morai" stickers placed over them and staff have new uniforms. The man in charge builds snow domes. Does anyone really think he is interested in the existing building? He has 7 years to do as promised in the useless agreement signed by SBC. Wake up and smell the coffee. PeeGee
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12:56am Sun 4 Nov 12

1 2 Could B says...

Oiver's stopped using his real name again
Oiver's stopped using his real name again 1 2 Could B
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12:58pm Sun 4 Nov 12

RichardR1 says...

The obvious point to make here these are outline plans. So excitement at this stage would clearly be premature.

How many outline plans have this council in the end rejected, Mechanics, Locarno to name but two.

If it achieves final planning to the same spec then that would be good.
The obvious point to make here these are outline plans. So excitement at this stage would clearly be premature. How many outline plans have this council in the end rejected, Mechanics, Locarno to name but two. If it achieves final planning to the same spec then that would be good. RichardR1
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5:05pm Sun 4 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

before we start all the muck throwing this is just a plan with no dates as yet. We can all write a plan, lets wait and see if it actually ever happens and when. If it does it will be great and just what we need.
before we start all the muck throwing this is just a plan with no dates as yet. We can all write a plan, lets wait and see if it actually ever happens and when. If it does it will be great and just what we need. house on the hill
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9:38pm Sun 4 Nov 12

1 2 Could B says...

If the company have decided that The Oasis' site is a good place to build a ski dome they will do it.

All SBC have to do is keep egoristical necks wound in
If the company have decided that The Oasis' site is a good place to build a ski dome they will do it. All SBC have to do is keep egoristical necks wound in 1 2 Could B
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1:47pm Mon 5 Nov 12

timt1964 says...

more waste by sbc,obviously backhanders involved and a facility that will be used by the few rather than the many.
more waste by sbc,obviously backhanders involved and a facility that will be used by the few rather than the many. timt1964
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2:08pm Mon 5 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

timt1964 says...
1:47pm Mon 5 Nov 12

more waste by sbc,obviously backhanders involved and a facility that will be used by the few rather than the many.""

presumably you would want STFC closed down then as less than 5% of the population support them on a regular basis and the speedway.
sorry thats a stupid comment, Swindon needs something like this, lets hope it really does happen.
timt1964 says... 1:47pm Mon 5 Nov 12 more waste by sbc,obviously backhanders involved and a facility that will be used by the few rather than the many."" presumably you would want STFC closed down then as less than 5% of the population support them on a regular basis and the speedway. sorry thats a stupid comment, Swindon needs something like this, lets hope it really does happen. house on the hill
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4:18pm Mon 5 Nov 12

Even Angrier Monkey says...

timt1964 wrote:
more waste by sbc,obviously backhanders involved and a facility that will be used by the few rather than the many.
Theres already plenty of pound shops in the town centre to cater for the many
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: more waste by sbc,obviously backhanders involved and a facility that will be used by the few rather than the many.[/p][/quote]Theres already plenty of pound shops in the town centre to cater for the many Even Angrier Monkey
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6:08pm Mon 5 Nov 12

itsamess3 says...

This project is just one of many planned for the area and centres on restoring and improving the Oasis which is without doubt an iconic building.
The council have proposed a link bridge/walkway to the centre which could improve the centre shopping.
Hopefully our council will link hawksworth to the outlet village which does not follow our centre by being plagued with pound shops and charity outlets.
Our centre has to be filled with some qualty shops that folk will want to visit rather than ignore.
This project is just one of many planned for the area and centres on restoring and improving the Oasis which is without doubt an iconic building. The council have proposed a link bridge/walkway to the centre which could improve the centre shopping. Hopefully our council will link hawksworth to the outlet village which does not follow our centre by being plagued with pound shops and charity outlets. Our centre has to be filled with some qualty shops that folk will want to visit rather than ignore. itsamess3
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6:44pm Mon 5 Nov 12

maoam1976 says...

Its good to see that finally this landmark is getting some money invested into it, I was the first person to use the dome busters when they opened in 1986 ( think that was the year ) when I visited with mountford manor junior school and I remember the day well as I could not swim at the time lol, and to be honest it has had little improvement done since it opened so this is great news!
Its good to see that finally this landmark is getting some money invested into it, I was the first person to use the dome busters when they opened in 1986 ( think that was the year ) when I visited with mountford manor junior school and I remember the day well as I could not swim at the time lol, and to be honest it has had little improvement done since it opened so this is great news! maoam1976
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