March 16, 2015

Media release: New management for Franklin pools and leisure facilities

New contract arrangements have been finalised for three of Auckland Council’s pools and leisure centres in Franklin.

The five-year contracts to operate Franklin Sport, Swim and Fitness Centre, Pukekohe’s Jubilee Pool, and Waiuku’s Whiteside Pool, have been awarded to Belgravia Leisure.

The decision, which was formally announced today, will see Belgravia take over from current operators, Community Leisure Management (CLM), from 1 July 2015.

Franklin Local Board carried out a contestable process for these contracts, which are due to expire at the end of June.

Franklin Local Board Chair, Andrew Baker, says what was presented by Belgravia aligns with the board’s priorities and aspirations for the facilities.

“We went through a very robust due diligence process to assess Belgravia’s performance elsewhere and to test what was being proposed.”

He says the new contract offers value for ratepayers with Belgravia offering a different approach to boosting membership and revenue while maintaining and enhancing existing services and facilities.

“I look forward to seeing Belgravia building on current relationships in the community and encouraging greater use of our local facilities.”

Mr Baker paid tribute to CLM for their service to the Franklin community.

“We would like to thank current management company, Community Leisure Management, for their service and the relationships they’ve built in Franklin over the last 16 years. They have been a major contributor to our communities and this was a difficult decision for us.”

Belgravia Leisure CEO Nick Cox says the company is delighted to be partnering with Auckland Council and the Franklin Local Board.

“Local families and communities can expect a seamless transition and we are committed to upholding existing arrangements with members as well as investing in major upgrades to the design and layout of facilities, new equipment and a boost to swim, sports and fitness programs.

“We are passionate about connecting community to leisure so we value the knowledge of the Franklin community and are excited about developing facilities and services that are relevant, beneficial and responsive to the community needs,” he says.

Mr Cox added that Belgravia is keen to work with council to boost local employment while opening doors for career progression across its network of centres.