The second major project in Slough Council’s leisure strategy will move forward when Slough Ice Arena closes and work begins to redevelop it.
The Ice Arena will be shutting its doors to ice skaters on 28 October 2016 so that it can be redeveloped into a more modern facility.
In July 2014 the council’s cabinet members approved the ice arena’s closure and redevelopment and committed £7.7 million of capital money to deliver the project.
It is expected the arena will be closed for most of 2017 in which time the facility will be completely transformed from its current “shabby” state.
The building requires extensive mechanical and electrical upgrading and major plant renewal as well as internal refurbishment to the main facilities and fixtures and fittings.
The council says the redevelopment works will deliver a scheme that is in keeping with the proposed residential development on the Montem Leisure Centre site.
The improvement works will be delivered by Slough Urban Renewal and include building an extension to the front of the building, providing additional space for other activities such as a climbing wall and small gym, replacing and extending the current curved roof, and creating a new café area.
Councillor Joginder Bal, commissioner for the environment and leisure, said: “The closure of Slough Ice Arena marks a major step in our vision to provide high quality, state of the art leisure facilities that encourage our residents to get up and get active.
“The ice arena has served the town brilliantly for 30 years and has much to be proud of, but it has seen better days and a complete transformation is long overdue.
“I am extremely pleased we have committed funds to the redevelopment as it will give the arena the attention it deserves and help safeguard its future so that generations to come can enjoy it, just like the generations before them.”
The ice arena currently attracts 140,000 visitors a year and the council hopes this number will grow once the redevelopment works are complete.