Pyramids Centre to re-open after flood damage

The Pyramids Centre in Southsea
The Pyramids Centre in Southsea
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SIX months after it was closed following flood damage, the Pyramids Centre looks set to re-open.

Water poured into the Southsea complex’s plant room, while electric and mechanical equipment was destroyed during storms in February.

Floods also affected the back offices and changing rooms and sea water seeped into the pool.

But now, BH Live, which runs The Pyramids on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, say it is on track to reopen in August following repair works and improvements.

Alan Waistell, BH Live Project Manager said: ‘The centre sustained over half a metre of sea water flooding and storm damage affecting the fabric of the building, electrical and plant equipment. We have been working with specialist contractors to reinstate power and services before repair and refurbishment work could begin.

‘Good progress has already been made with the rebuilding of the plant room and the surrounding areas. The next phase of works are underway.’

The cost of repairs was more than £500,000. The council paid the first £100,000, but its insurance company covered the rest.

Planned improvement works have also been brought forward during the closed period to limit further disruption in the future.

The flood damage continued a series of problems for the centre, which had to be closed in January after Legionella bacteria was detected in the water.

Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘I’m delighted that it’s opening in August as that’s a month earlier than expected.

‘There was a significant amount of damage due to the floods and storms we had so huge amounts of repair work have been carried out.

‘I hope that BH Live can make a success of it. They have got some great ideas.’

Councillor John Ferrett, leader of the Labour party in Portsmouth, said: ‘We are pleased that the Pyramids Centre is re-opening.

‘But we still maintain our position as the Labour party in Portsmouth that the Pyramids should close permanently and should no longer be a drain on the public purse.’