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16.5m centre faces fresh delay
Dumfries leisure centre
The leisure centre complex will open in March next year
A flagship 16.5m leisure complex for Dumfries has been hit by a fresh delay to its opening date.

The DG One complex was supposed to open in September this year but that has now been shifted - for a third time - to 3 March next year.

Previous council reports had stated that contractors would hand over the keys to the authority before Christmas.

However, that will not now take place until February - forcing the opening date back until the following month.

Leisure complex sub committee chairman David McKie said a full report would be sought into the delay.

"I am disappointed, as are all the members of the leisure complex sub committee, that the handover and completion date of DG One has been delayed further," he said.

"Dumfries and Galloway Council entered into a fixed price design and build contract with Kier Northern to build DG One and the contract allows the council to seek damages for failure to meet the contract deadlines.

"Members have asked for a full report on the matter."

'Major project'

The delay has an impact on the closure of two other facilities in the town - the Loreburn Hall and Dumfries Swimming Pool.

Attempts are being made to keep both sites open in the interim to accommodate events which might otherwise have been held at the new site.

Works starting
Work started on the DG One leisure complex in August last year

The first structural works on the DG One development started in August last year.

However, by January of this year it emerged that the project had slipped six weeks behind schedule.

"I think we are giving a clear message to the public that the new centre will open this autumn," promised Corporate Director Les Jardine at the time.

By the summer it became clear that target would not be met and a revised November date was pencilled in.

A council spokesman promised in August this year that any delay would be "minimal in relation to the scale and complexity of this major project".

As the November deadline approached, the exterior appearance of the building suggested that it, too, would not be met.

Last week, a report for councillors stated that the authority should be able take control of the building before Christmas.

However, that target has now also been missed and the centre will not open until March next year.

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