THE new operator of The Pyramids Centre plans to splash out £200,000 on better facilities.
BH Live intends to spend the cash at the Southsea leisure complex over the next 18 months.
It comes after the company, which runs other venues including Bournemouth International Centre, took over from former operator Southsea Community Leisure Limited last month.
BH Live’s chief executive, Peter Gunn, said the past four weeks had been about ‘getting the basics right’, and now was the right time to get down to serious business.
‘There is a bit of work that needs to be done,’ he said.
‘The first few weeks has been about getting the basics right. The next phase is about introducing a serious of improvements and some investment.’
The money will pay for a new cafe, an improved reception space and features for the main pool, including new inflatables. An exercise studio is to be built in a space at the back.
More details were to be discussed at the venue today during a networking event being attended by businesses.
Portsmouth City Council, which owns the building, is responsible for its upkeep and will need to do some maintenance work in the near future, though the initial cost of that is unknown.
‘This is part of a long-term commitment being given by BH Live,’ said Mr Gunn.
‘We don’t view this as a short-term agreement with the council. We want to go ahead with this with confidence.’