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The man in charge of the company which has taken on the running of the Pyramids Centre has spoken about his plans for the site.

Portsmouth City Council has today officially announced that leisure and cultural trust BH Live will be taking over the management and operation of the centre, starting from the autumn.

Claire Looney, Portsmouth City Council's commissioning manager for culture, Peter Gunn, BH Live chief executive, Cllr Lee Hunt, and Mike Lyons, BH Live director of leisure facilities outside the centre today

Claire Looney, Portsmouth City Council's commissioning manager for culture, Peter Gunn, BH Live chief executive, Cllr Lee Hunt, and Mike Lyons, BH Live director of leisure facilities outside the centre today

As reported in The News, the trust currently operates four leisure centres and two other venues in Bournemouth and Poole.

Peter Gunn, the chief executive of BH Live, has now spoken about his plans for the future of the Pyramids Centre.

He said: ‘BH Live is delighted to have been selected by Portsmouth City Council as their preferred operator of the Pyramids Centre.

‘We are now working closely with the council to prepare for our management contract to begin later this year.

‘In the meantime, a team from BH Live will be working alongside employees at the Pyramids Centre on a plan to improve the customer experience and encourage more residents, businesses and visitors into the centre.

‘There has also been a significant commitment by the council to invest in the building and we will be working with their team to plan the programme of major works and essential repairs.

‘We see this as an excellent opportunity to expand the reach of BH Live along the south coast, promoting both our charitable and business objectives.’

The trust says its priorities at this stage are exploring how the centre’s events programme can be improved.

It will also looking at the health and fitness options offered and how these can be made better.

The trust recently launched a privilege card at its other centres allowing people to take part in cultural and leisure activities at a discounted prices, and says it would like to introduce the same thing at the Pyramids Centre.

There will also be improvements made to the swimming facilities, and there are plans to build a new fitness studio for fitness classes.

Mr Gunn said there would be more announcements about its improvement plans over the coming months.

There will also be opportunities for people to have a say on what they would like to see at the centre.

Councillor Lee Hunt, Portsmouth City Council’s councillor in charge of culture, leisure, and sport, said: ‘I’d like to welcome BH Live as the new management company for the Pyramids.

‘Their established leisure expertise means the Pyramids will continue to develop as a centre so visitors can benefit from investment in the facilities.

‘We appreciate how hard everyone involved has worked to keep improving the venue and look forward to the Pyramids Centre’s bright future in becoming an important attraction on our seafront.’

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