Decision details

2024/24/PH/LeisureCapProg Leisure Capital Programme

Decision Maker: Director of Public Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The leisure capital programme is a key priority for the council to invest in improvements to leisure facilities across the city. Currently the program consists of:
• Thorne leisure centre refurbishment.
• Dome phase 1 dome replacement and phase 2 lagoons refurbishment.
• Edlington pool design works and proposals
• Adwick and Dearn valley Swimming Pool Support Fund grant works
Total project work circa £28 - £30m
The support and advice listed below has been identified as necessary for the programme:
• Provide technical support advice to the capital programmes (including but not exclusively Dome, Thone. Edlington, SPSF
• Attend key design meetings and programme meetings across portfolio of works to provide input to support management of programme
• Provided reports and support CDC internal report request for programme updates as and when needed, including post construction snagging and warranty support.
• Compliance negotiation to access signs off against Sport England guidance, CDC standards and others as identified
• To review technical reports and advise CDC, DCLT on consequences and options
• To provide Health and safety guidance during the development and construction phases
• Support on development of JCT contracts and planning applications.
• To advise and source when necessary technical expertise to advise on delivery of the programme.
The support is required for initially a 12 month period with opportunity to extend for further 12 months (this will result in further application to the council ‘Doncaster Feasibility Fund’). Break clause reviews will
be at 3, 6 months and extension review at 9 months. The feasibility support would fund the initial 12 months.


To: Allocate up to £104,000 from the Council’s ‘Doncaster Feasibility Fund’ to support the appointment via DCLT of project management and technical support for the leisure capital programme.

Alternative options considered:

Considering the above, securing the funding to procure consultancy support, is the preferred (and only) identified option (Option 1). At this stage, it is considered that there is only one other option available,
albeit it is not considered as reasonable and is rejected for the reasons summarised below:

Option 2 – Reject the use of DFF (Doncaster Feasibility Fund) Flexible Budget to fund the project management and technical support for the leisure capital programme. There are no other sources of funding identified.

Publication date: 09/07/2024

Date of decision: 27/06/2024

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