Oasis refurb work delayed into 2015

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First published in News Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , @Michael_Benke

THE company which holds the lease to the Oasis Leisure Centre has moved to reassure customers that the work to fully refurbish the iconic venue will go ahead, but later than planned.

While Moirai Investments Limited has is said it would have preferred the work to happen quicker, it confirmed refurbishments to the poolside area and the roof replacement will hopefully be completed by January 2015.

Work has been completed on the state-of-the-art gym along with improvements to enlarge the reception area.

In January 2013, an alteration with the lease was agreed with the council to have the works completed by the end of last year. However, a number of factors have meant this has not been possible.

The day-to-day running of the centre is carried out by Greenwich Leisure Limited who requested the work was put back to prevent any disruption during busy times of the year. November and December are the quieter trading periods and the deadline to begin the work in 2013 was missed so it has been postponed.

The discovery of asbestos held up some of the work along with the economic conditions, meaning securing funds took longer than initially hoped for, although they are now in place.

Chris Lewis of Moirai, who is the project manager, said: “All the work we initially planned will go ahead.

“We are looking to start the work after the autumn half term so the impact on business will be minimal, with the target of finishing by the end of January.

“To cause disruption during busy periods would benefit no-one.

“As it stands we are not planning to close the Oasis, although there is a possibility it may need to shut for a period of three weeks.

“The project at the Oasis has cost Moirai Capital in excess of £2m with a further £1m allocated to be spent for the roof and wet change.

“In a time of austerity we see this as a major commitment and a vote of confidence in Swindon as a place to invest.”

Moirai has also said they are in the process of putting together a formal application to build an indoor ski-slope as well as an arena, which they hope to submit at the end of summer.

Chris said: “Moirai Capital has also progressed with the outline planning application for the North Star development with a view to submitting the application later in 2014.

“We are engaged with national leisure operators for the ski slope, music arena and other ancillary sport users.

“We are currently working on the design to allow for contractual terms to be agreed with these operators prior to submission of our planning application.

“We and GLL would invite anyone wishing to see our commitment to Swindon to view the wonderful new facilities the town has available at the Oasis.”

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6:46am Fri 9 May 14

GalaxyMan says...

But surely when they took this on the economic climate was considerably worse than it is now? They took it on with these claims and are now back-peddling. At best its just a delay. At worst its leaving them looking somewhat amateur and ill equipped to make good on their promises.
I hope its just the former.
But surely when they took this on the economic climate was considerably worse than it is now? They took it on with these claims and are now back-peddling. At best its just a delay. At worst its leaving them looking somewhat amateur and ill equipped to make good on their promises. I hope its just the former. GalaxyMan
  • Score: 6

7:56am Fri 9 May 14

Devonroaddodderer says...

'State-of-the-art gym' had me laughing in to my cornflakes.
'State-of-the-art gym' had me laughing in to my cornflakes. Devonroaddodderer
  • Score: 3

7:59am Fri 9 May 14

Davethered says...

I thought we was going to have a giant snow dome ,Concert hall , as well as big refurbishment of the Oasis . I drove round there a few day's ago to see how far it had all got ,and there wasn't a new brick in sight. I think the same people doing this are the people who now own the Football club, and have got no money.
Or maybe the Post office now own it , because the car park is full of red vans.
I thought we was going to have a giant snow dome ,Concert hall , as well as big refurbishment of the Oasis . I drove round there a few day's ago to see how far it had all got ,and there wasn't a new brick in sight. I think the same people doing this are the people who now own the Football club, and have got no money. Or maybe the Post office now own it , because the car park is full of red vans. Davethered
  • Score: 8

8:08am Fri 9 May 14

house on the hill says...

Wow I bet no one expected that!
Wow I bet no one expected that! house on the hill
  • Score: 6

9:53am Fri 9 May 14

Richard Symonds says...

Wow now that is a surprise isn't it folks.

Negotiate a deal and then

oh Santander will not finance it unless you remove the buy back clause and the obligation to develop and delay the refurbishment until December 31st 2013

and it has now been deferred until 2015

but never mind Lead Member for Leisure Councillor Keith Williams has checked Moirai out and they are ok so nothing to worry about there then and

Meanwhile it is 'Carry on Regardless' with the privatisation of the rest of leisure with the exception of the costly C*** which the Council Tax Paying public are very happy to continue subsidising!!

This would make a good film if it weren't so serious.

and Nick Martin thought I was barking!!
Wow now that is a surprise isn't it folks. Negotiate a deal and then oh Santander will not finance it unless you remove the buy back clause and the obligation to develop and delay the refurbishment until December 31st 2013 and it has now been deferred until 2015 but never mind Lead Member for Leisure Councillor Keith Williams has checked Moirai out and they are ok so nothing to worry about there then and Meanwhile it is 'Carry on Regardless' with the privatisation of the rest of leisure with the exception of the costly C*** which the Council Tax Paying public are very happy to continue subsidising!! This would make a good film if it weren't so serious. and Nick Martin thought I was barking!! Richard Symonds
  • Score: 3

10:06am Fri 9 May 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

the council if you ask about the leasehold (selloff) deals, always point to the Oasis and say this is an example of how good it will be and no increase in charges etc, no, its roll over day again, another wifi fiasco that will cost the tax payers loads..have you seen the photos of the damage in the building. the adver wont print them..
the council if you ask about the leasehold (selloff) deals, always point to the Oasis and say this is an example of how good it will be and no increase in charges etc, no, its roll over day again, another wifi fiasco that will cost the tax payers loads..have you seen the photos of the damage in the building. the adver wont print them.. FLOGGITLAD
  • Score: 5

12:04pm Fri 9 May 14

beach1e says...

is anyone surprised? £400000 given away to one of the councils friends for non existant wi fi and no one takes the blame....the council give away public assets and again a disaster..the whalebridge area,a total no go zone unless you have one of the luxury social apartments built. This council are worse than appalling.
is anyone surprised? £400000 given away to one of the councils friends for non existant wi fi and no one takes the blame....the council give away public assets and again a disaster..the whalebridge area,a total no go zone unless you have one of the luxury social apartments built. This council are worse than appalling. beach1e
  • Score: 3

12:52pm Fri 9 May 14

Fioc83 says...

Considering Moirai couldnt even pay the staff at the oasis properly or even afford to buy in stock for the cafe, i don't see this snow dome going ahead anytime soon....
Considering Moirai couldnt even pay the staff at the oasis properly or even afford to buy in stock for the cafe, i don't see this snow dome going ahead anytime soon.... Fioc83
  • Score: 9

12:56pm Fri 9 May 14

Richard Symonds says...

Look at the documents and decide for yourself if this is a good deal or not

http://ww5.swindon.g
ov.uk/moderngov/mgCo
nvert2PDF.aspx?ID=47
351

http://ww5.swindon.g
ov.uk/moderngov/mgIs
sueHistoryHome.aspx?
IId=35227

In the first document I draw your attention to:

Section 2

Recommned Action to be taken by Officers Under Delegated Powers

Recommended that:

2.1 The Head of property Assets supported by the Board Director Resources, will exercise his delegated authority (Article 81c of the Council's scheme of Delegations) to vary the leases granted on the Oasis Leisure Centre and the former Clares site to reflect the following:-

2.1.1 Removal of Swindon Borough Council's option to purchase back the Oasis Leisure Centre if no development takes place.

2.1.2 Removal of the obligation to build a minimum of 25,000 square feet of additional space on the Oasis Leisure Centre site

2.1.3 A deferral of the refurbishment of the Oasis Pool roof and wet changing room facilities from 31st May 2013 to 31st December 2013

In the Detail

under 3.2 ............The Proposed funder, Santander, has advised that they require an unrestricted ability to to sell the lease into the open market, should recovery of debt be required as a result of loan default.

Well if that little lot doesn't raise alarm bells it should!!
Look at the documents and decide for yourself if this is a good deal or not http://ww5.swindon.g ov.uk/moderngov/mgCo nvert2PDF.aspx?ID=47 351 http://ww5.swindon.g ov.uk/moderngov/mgIs sueHistoryHome.aspx? IId=35227 In the first document I draw your attention to: Section 2 Recommned Action to be taken by Officers Under Delegated Powers Recommended that: 2.1 The Head of property Assets supported by the Board Director Resources, will exercise his delegated authority (Article 81c of the Council's scheme of Delegations) to vary the leases granted on the Oasis Leisure Centre and the former Clares site to reflect the following:- 2.1.1 Removal of Swindon Borough Council's option to purchase back the Oasis Leisure Centre if no development takes place. 2.1.2 Removal of the obligation to build a minimum of 25,000 square feet of additional space on the Oasis Leisure Centre site 2.1.3 A deferral of the refurbishment of the Oasis Pool roof and wet changing room facilities from 31st May 2013 to 31st December 2013 In the Detail under 3.2 ............The Proposed funder, Santander, has advised that they require an unrestricted ability to to sell the lease into the open market, should recovery of debt be required as a result of loan default. Well if that little lot doesn't raise alarm bells it should!! Richard Symonds
  • Score: 5

1:40pm Fri 9 May 14

stratton man says...

Everytime I think this useless Tory Council cant get any worse it does.These clowns are beyond parody.Under the so called financial leadership of the hapless Cllr Holland these fools are giving away Swindons jewels for nothing.David Murray John must be spinning in his grave at this mismanagement of the Town.
Everytime I think this useless Tory Council cant get any worse it does.These clowns are beyond parody.Under the so called financial leadership of the hapless Cllr Holland these fools are giving away Swindons jewels for nothing.David Murray John must be spinning in his grave at this mismanagement of the Town. stratton man
  • Score: 2

3:06pm Fri 9 May 14

SockPuppet says...

At the risk of being shot down I think it makes more sense to do the roof in winter. Despite it being warm less people want to swim at that time of year.
The Oasis suffers from years and years of neglect so I'm just glad it is being revamped albeit slowly.
The only thing that is ridiculous is the entry system. It didn't work when they had it the first time, surely they can't be loosing that much money by people walking in? I walk in for activities paid for in the hall but now have to wait or get someone's attention for a button to be pressed, not a big problem but unnecessary and irritating.
Also the exit is the furthest gate from most of the facilities, who planned that?
At the risk of being shot down I think it makes more sense to do the roof in winter. Despite it being warm less people want to swim at that time of year. The Oasis suffers from years and years of neglect so I'm just glad it is being revamped albeit slowly. The only thing that is ridiculous is the entry system. It didn't work when they had it the first time, surely they can't be loosing that much money by people walking in? I walk in for activities paid for in the hall but now have to wait or get someone's attention for a button to be pressed, not a big problem but unnecessary and irritating. Also the exit is the furthest gate from most of the facilities, who planned that? SockPuppet
  • Score: 4

5:24pm Fri 9 May 14

Wiltshirereader says...

Having taken young grandchildren for a swim recently (which wasn't cheap)I certainly won't be going back until the refurbishments are finished. The changing rooms are filthy, chipped tiles, torn plastic shower curtains, generally looking very unhygienic!!
Having taken young grandchildren for a swim recently (which wasn't cheap)I certainly won't be going back until the refurbishments are finished. The changing rooms are filthy, chipped tiles, torn plastic shower curtains, generally looking very unhygienic!! Wiltshirereader
  • Score: 5

5:26pm Fri 9 May 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

Wiltshirereader wrote:
Having taken young grandchildren for a swim recently (which wasn't cheap)I certainly won't be going back until the refurbishments are finished. The changing rooms are filthy, chipped tiles, torn plastic shower curtains, generally looking very unhygienic!!
That's exactly the reasons why we stopped going there 5 years ago!
[quote][p][bold]Wiltshirereader[/bold] wrote: Having taken young grandchildren for a swim recently (which wasn't cheap)I certainly won't be going back until the refurbishments are finished. The changing rooms are filthy, chipped tiles, torn plastic shower curtains, generally looking very unhygienic!![/p][/quote]That's exactly the reasons why we stopped going there 5 years ago! The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: 8

7:39pm Fri 9 May 14

Richard Symonds says...

SockPuppet wrote:
At the risk of being shot down I think it makes more sense to do the roof in winter. Despite it being warm less people want to swim at that time of year.
The Oasis suffers from years and years of neglect so I'm just glad it is being revamped albeit slowly.
The only thing that is ridiculous is the entry system. It didn't work when they had it the first time, surely they can't be loosing that much money by people walking in? I walk in for activities paid for in the hall but now have to wait or get someone's attention for a button to be pressed, not a big problem but unnecessary and irritating.
Also the exit is the furthest gate from most of the facilities, who planned that?
Trouble is Sock Puppet it was supposed to have been done last year.

What guarantee is there that it will ever be achieved under Moroi?
[quote][p][bold]SockPuppet[/bold] wrote: At the risk of being shot down I think it makes more sense to do the roof in winter. Despite it being warm less people want to swim at that time of year. The Oasis suffers from years and years of neglect so I'm just glad it is being revamped albeit slowly. The only thing that is ridiculous is the entry system. It didn't work when they had it the first time, surely they can't be loosing that much money by people walking in? I walk in for activities paid for in the hall but now have to wait or get someone's attention for a button to be pressed, not a big problem but unnecessary and irritating. Also the exit is the furthest gate from most of the facilities, who planned that?[/p][/quote]Trouble is Sock Puppet it was supposed to have been done last year. What guarantee is there that it will ever be achieved under Moroi? Richard Symonds
  • Score: 2

11:18pm Fri 9 May 14

LocalBob80 says...

stratton man wrote:
Everytime I think this useless Tory Council cant get any worse it does.These clowns are beyond parody.Under the so called financial leadership of the hapless Cllr Holland these fools are giving away Swindons jewels for nothing.David Murray John must be spinning in his grave at this mismanagement of the Town.
Yep.
Swindon Borough Clownschool strikes again.

Perhaps a councillor, perhaps Oliver Donachie would like make some more contributions on these threads to explain this latest fiasco
[quote][p][bold]stratton man[/bold] wrote: Everytime I think this useless Tory Council cant get any worse it does.These clowns are beyond parody.Under the so called financial leadership of the hapless Cllr Holland these fools are giving away Swindons jewels for nothing.David Murray John must be spinning in his grave at this mismanagement of the Town.[/p][/quote]Yep. Swindon Borough Clownschool strikes again. Perhaps a councillor, perhaps Oliver Donachie would like make some more contributions on these threads to explain this latest fiasco LocalBob80
  • Score: 0

11:20am Sun 11 May 14

faatmaan says...

when are the new houses being built on the site ?
when are the new houses being built on the site ? faatmaan
  • Score: 3

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