Building work on East Hampshire’s new sports and leisure centres resumed this week under strict safety guidelines.

Work has begun again on the construction of the new Whitehill & Bordon Leisure Centre and the demolition of the old sports centre in Alton.

The site operations will adhere to guidance laid down by the Construction Leadership Council to minimise the potential spread of coronavirus and protect workers and the public.

Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “We are doing the work that can safely be done at this time.

“Anything we can do during the lockdown period will mean less disruption when our community is given the all clear to open up again. It will reduce future congestion on the surrounding roads and will limit the impact on users at the Alton Sports Centre, as well as visitors to the Cardiac Rehab Centre and the tennis club.

“It goes without saying that in these times safety is a primary concern. The construction team is working very closely with health and construction experts to make sure every precaution is being taken to prevent further spread of the virus.”

The contractor, Metnor, shut the sites at Alton and Whitehill & Bordon on 24 March 2020 at the outset of the lockdown. 

On-site safety measures introduced will include social distancing, introducing hand-washing stations and hand gel dispensers, cleaning common touch points and working in small, isolated teams.

Work will continue at about 75-80 per cent productivity of the original programme. Working hours will be reduced due to staggering scheduled start times, break times and finish times and extra time will be allowed for additional cleaning.

At Whitehill & Bordon, only three trades will be working on site initially – tiling, dry-lining and cladding.

Once the sites are up and running, Metnor Construction will regularly review its methodology and plans according to latest guidance from the Government.

Safe work re-starts on sports centres