Reopened Pyramids Centre wins praise

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A WEEK after finally throwing open its doors again, the revamped Pyramids Centre has been hailed a huge success.

Hundreds of people visited the centre in the past seven days to enjoy the indoor pool, gym, new cafe and children’s area.

The Pyramids re-opens after extensive refurbishment following the flooding earlier in the year.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142822-14)

The Pyramids re-opens after extensive refurbishment following the flooding earlier in the year.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142822-14)

The centre was closed eight months ago following flood damage that destroyed equipment and affected the electricity supply.

Portsmouth City Council cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport Linda Symes said she was thrilled the centre was open.

She said: ‘We should all be proud the with work that they have done.’

Cllr Symes said there were still improvements to be made, including raising the centre’s power plant off the floor so it was no longer exposed to flooding.

Mike Lyons, BH Live’s director of leisure facilities, said he was delighted with the public’s response to the reopening: ‘It’s gone well.

‘We’re encouraged by all the feedback we’ve received.’

Mr Lyons said 1,800 people had used the pool in the first week and 200 people had signed up to use the gym.

He said: ‘Now we’ve got to build on this success and drive up the numbers.’