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Leisure complex hit by new delay
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The leisure centre project has been hit by a string of delays
A flagship 17m leisure complex in south west Scotland has been hit by a fresh delay.

The DG One development in Dumfries is already about six months behind schedule and its opening date has been the subject of numerous postponements.

The property had been due to be handed over to Dumfries and Galloway Council by contractors Kier Northern on Friday.

However, that deadline has been missed with the eventual opening of the property now pushed back to late April.

A progress report to councillors was told that the handover of the property is unlikely to happen until the end of March.

Kier has failed to put the resources into the building to give themselves a realistic chance of meeting targets
Les Jardine
Council corporate director

It will be another month after that before it can open to the public.

A partial handover was ruled out on health and safety grounds.

Another progress report is due in two weeks time but councillors voiced their frustration at the situation.

Council Corporate Director Les Jardine said: "Kier Northern lay the blame at the feet of their sub-contractors saying difficulties with them caused the delays," explained .

"However, we believe that Kier has failed to put the resources into the building to give themselves a realistic chance of meeting the targets they are continually setting and missing."

Leader Ivor Hyslop accused the firm of telling "fairy stories" and damaging the council's reputation.

'Smooth handover'

A spokesman for Kier Northern said it had worked closely with the authority throughout the building works.

"Kier Northern has kept the council informed on progress at all stages of the project, and has targeted a handover date of the end of March," he said.

"That target remains achievable and a series of inspections is planned over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth handover".

Works starting
Works on the complex have slipped behind the original schedule

The first structural works on the DG One development started in August 2006.

By January last year it emerged that the project had slipped six weeks behind schedule but the council said it remained committed to an autumn opening.

It was forced to reschedule that to November.

A subsequent report shifted the handover date to before Christmas but that deadline, too, was missed.

A firm opening date of 3 March was then set but as it approached it emerged works were still progressing "slower than promised".

Eventually that target had to be abandoned but it was still hoped to open the facility by the end of March.

That goal will now be missed with the complex likely to be opened by the end of April at the earliest.



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