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Clissold Leisure Centre: what went wrong

Client: Hackney Borough Council Architect: Hodder Associates Contractor: Gleeson Consultant: Whitbybird The £32M Clissold Centre leisure complex in Hackney was closed on safety grounds in November 2003, just 18 months after it opened.

Repairs will cost £5M according to a recent report by architect Bickerdale Allen, and consultant Arup.

The project in east London is lottery funded was budgeted to cost £11M. Since then costs have spiralled, rows have ensued and the battle has now reached the courts.

This is despite an earlier settlement for an undisclosed sum between Hackney Borough Council and architect Hodder Associates in respect of the lengthy delays and cost overruns.

Repair works still have to be carried out in the pool areas, changing rooms facilities, sports hall, plant room, squash courts, dance studio and the health and fitness suite. It is hoped that the facilities will reopen in 2006.

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