Pyramids Centre can’t yet count cost of closing

WET WORK Contractor Paul Shervill pumps water from the Rock Gardens in Southsea. Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14362-1)
WET WORK Contractor Paul Shervill pumps water from the Rock Gardens in Southsea. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14362-1)
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THE Pyramids Centre in Portsmouth is likely to be closed for longer than two weeks.

The centre has been forced to shut because of flood damage for an initial period of a fortnight.

But that is just to allow its management, BH Live, to assess the damage and come up with an action plan to fix it.

A spokeswoman for the firm said that it is too soon to know how much money the flood will cost the centre from lost revenue as well as to repair the damage.

She said: ‘We are currently running through all of the events and functions with organisers and promoters, looking at each event on an individual basis.

‘Customers will be contacted and updates will be posted on the website and Facebook pages as soon as information is confirmed.

‘In the meantime, customers can telephone us on 023 9279 9977 or email info.pyramids@bhlive.co.uk Regular updates will also be posted on the centre website: pyramids.co.uk and Facebook page.’

Tomorrow night should have seen a boxing event taking place, run by Portsmouth’s new boxing gym, Bally’s, in Milton.

The organisers have been trying to find a new venue, but without success, and those who have already bought tickets are advised to contact Michael Ballingal on 07939 332010.

Meanwhile, the organiser of a large business exhibition, due to take place at the Pyramids on March 20, said he’s confident it will be able to go ahead.

Matthew Larcome, of Memo Events, said: ‘Things like this happen.

‘The focus is now on our actions. I’m confident that the venue will be restored and reopened in the next few weeks, and we’ll be keeping a very close eye on the situation and updating our exhibitors and visitors as time goes by.’

The business show, aimed at supporting local small to medium-sized businesses in the region, has been held at The Pyramids Centre in Southsea since its launch in 2012.