Slough’s new Ice Arena is taking shape, as the timber clad and glass frontage to the new extension is now nearing completion.
Councillor Rob Anderson, lead member for environment and leisure, took a tour of the site to see how works are progressing to the refurbished interior and new extension – which is adding an extra 1,000m2 of space.
The two-storey extension will house the new entrance, reception, café, gym and climbing wall.
It was formed with three huge glulam wooden arches, each of which is 30m wide and 12m high and weighing five tonnes.
The Ice Arena will be opening to the public at the end of April following a multi-million rebuild including landscaping and public space, new cladding, a new ice pad, new changing rooms and toilets, spectator seating and lighting.
Councillor Rob Anderson, lead member for environment and leisure said: “It was very exciting to see the progress on the Ice Arena and residents can now see how the incredible frontage has been extended towards the Bath Road creating not only a larger building but, with the new landscaping, a much more welcoming entrance and public area.
“The Ice arena is just one of the new facilities spearheading our efforts to make Slough one of the most active towns in the country and is only the start of a major improvement in all our leisure centres, parks and open spaces that will allow people opportunities at every level to take control of their own health and wellbeing.”
The Slough Ice Arena rebuild is being undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, which is driving regeneration across the town including leisure, housing, community and school buildings.
Andy Howell, SUR General Manager, said “It’s fantastic to see the building taking shape; the new extension is going to transform this council facility and we are really pleased with the design.
“Very shortly the specialist internal fit out will commence and the new ice rink will be created; we look forward to the new rink supporting more activity and fun on ice!”