Contractor appointed for delayed sports centre project

Fife Institute, Glenrothes
Fife Institute, Glenrothes

The building of a major sports centre which has experienced controversial delays has taken a step forward.

The replacement of the Fife Institute for Physical and Recreational Education (FIPRE) is a step closer following the appointment of Graham Construction as the main contractor for a brand new state-of-the-art sports and leisure centre for Glenrothes.

The £21m project is due to start on site shortly and should be complete in April 2013.

Grant Ward, head of leisure and cultural services, said: “I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Construction as the main contractor for this exciting new project and look forward to working with them in the coming months. The company has a significant amount of experience in delivering this kind of project and they will be a key partner in helping to deliver a flagship sports and leisure centre for Glenrothes and beyond.”

Neil McFarlane, regional director at Graham Construction, said: “The new sports and leisure facility will provide the people of Fife with an important and stunning civic amenity and will play a key role in the transformation of Glenrothes.

“Working closely with Fife Council and project architects B3 and Cre8, we are relishing the opportunity of being part of the team creating such an iconic building for Glenrothes, which will inspire generations of people from Fife to become involved in sport.

“We have significant experience of building leisure facilities and as this is our first major project in Fife, it is one we are very much looking forward to delivering. We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract by Fife Council.”

Work on the new facility will be carried out on a phased approach so that there is as little service disruption as possible.

The new facility is due to open in April 2013 and will be managed by the Fife Sports and Leisure Trust on behalf of Fife Council.