THE OUTGOING operator of The Pyramids Centre believes it will be leaving the business in a strong position.
As previously reported in The News, Southsea Community Leisure Limited (SCLL) lost its bid to continue running the Southsea leisure complex after another firm was chosen.
Though SCLL will now cease to exist, The News understands some employees will get jobs with the new operators.
Tim Herman, who was chief executive officer for SCLL, said: ‘The board of directors and I are extremely proud of what we have achieved at The Pyramids over the last two and a half years.
‘We feel confident that we are handing over a vibrant and much-improved and loved facility for Southsea residents to enjoy for years to come.
‘I want to take this opportunity to thank the incredible team that works here. From our event managers and caterers to the facilities team alongside the talented team that manages the health and fitness facilities – collectively they make a visit to The Pyramids a pleasurable one.
‘We facilitated a very successful and vocal advisory board of members to help formulate policies and improvements to the site, and they’ve done an excellent job in helping ensure that improvements to The Pyramids have succeeded.
‘The new management team will inherit the excellent progress we started back in 2011 and we hope they continue investing and improving The Pyramids in the years to come to make it a must-visit destination in Southsea.’
Six other companies applied to manage the centre, which is owned by Portsmouth City Council, and the council’s cabinet made a decision at a meeting on Monday.
The new firm, which will not be revealed until contracts are signed in the next three weeks, was selected because it has a track record of running other centres in the UK and has strong plans for The Pyramids. It plans to spend £80,000 on new facilities once it takes over in the autumn.
The contract lasts for five years and the new operators will be given £2m from the council towards running costs over that period.