Council helps Active Northumberland following Carillion collapse

Northumberland County Council has stepped in to ensure a programme of remedial work at Ashington Leisure Centre, which was being carried out by Carillion Construction before it went into liquidation, will continue.

The council has agreed to recover the situation and ensure the work will go ahead as planned by covering the £500,000 cost of the work, which it will recoup through Carillion’s contract insurance arrangements.

Carillion built  the state of the art centre which opened to the public in January  2016. Under the terms of the contract it was responsible for rectifying a number of  defects at its own expense which were outstanding at the time of the opening.

The company was in the middle of this  remedial work when it went into administration.

The council has instructed its arms length development company Arch to implement a recovery plan and complete the work. Wherever possible Arch has appointed local subcontractors to carry out the repairs.

The work will include rewiring, tiling and the installation of replacement windows and is due to recommence on  Monday 26 February. It  will last around three months.

Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “Unfortunately the Ashington contract was one of many across the UK that Carillion was unable to honour when it went into liquidation.

“We have agreed to  push ahead with the remedial work and cover the costs until they can be recouped. Much of the work will be undertaken through  the night so it will not disrupt the use of the facilities and will have very minimal impact on the public

“ The work does however involve some essential rewiring to a piece of equipment which alters the moveable walls that control the length and depth of the pool.  

“ The pool will still be open and accessible but as its depth and length cannot be altered while the work is carried out, there will be a few swimmers that this will impact on. Active Northumberland has put temporary arrangements in place and rescheduled any classes affected during the two week rewiring period.”

Nationally 1,200 people who worked for Carillion Construction lost their jobs and numerous subcontractors remained unpaid at the demise of Carillion.

Active Northumberland is the charitable trust that delivers leisure services across the county  on behalf of Northumberland County Council. This includes the management of Ashington Leisure Centre.
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