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Slough Ice Arena’s transformation begins

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Works to create a temporary ice rink are underway as Slough Ice Arena is closed for a major £7.7m refurbishment.

The ice arena closed on 28 October. It is expected the arena will be closed for most of 2017 in which time the facility will be completely transformed from its current shabby state into a great new facility to complement the other new leisure facilities currently being delivered in Slough.

The improvement works being delivered by Slough Urban Renewal will include:

  • building an extension to the front of the building to give it more prominence from Bath Road
  • providing additional space for other activities such as a climbing wall and small gym
  • replacing all major machinery including refrigeration and heating systems
  • replacing and extending the current curved roof
  • replacing ice rink barriers and protective glass
  • installing a new LED lighting system, seating, flooring and reception area
  • creating a new café area
  • carrying out major improvements to internal facilities such as changing and wash rooms and decorating all parts of the building.

Councillor Joginder Bal, commissioner for the environment and leisure, said: “The closure of Slough Ice Arena marks a major step in our vision to provide high quality, state of the art leisure facilities that encourage our residents to get up and get active.

“The ice arena has served the town brilliantly for 30 years and has much to be proud of, but it has seen better days and a complete transformation is long overdue.

“I am extremely pleased we have committed funds to the redevelopment as it will give the arena the attention it deserves and help safeguard its future so that generations to come can enjoy it, just like the generations before them.”

The opening date for the temporary rink, which will be managed by a private contractor, will be announced soon.

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