Powys Leisure Centres –


The leisure provision in Powys is receiving a £1.9million boost thanks to a partnership forged between Powys County Council and Freedom Leisure. Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit leisure trust, develops crucial partnerships with Local Authorities to raise the standard of leisure service delivery and increase participation.


Clarkson Alliance has formed a dynamic relationship with Freedom Leisure over the past 5 years having supported them on multiple leisure proposals and collaborated on several capital schemes.  Our joint efforts have been successful in delivering a number of Local Authorities leisure management contracts secured by Freedom Leisure.  We are partnering with Freedom Leisure once again to deliver design, project and cost management  services.

Three leisure centres in Powys will be upgraded – Rhayader Leisure Centre, Flash Leisure Centre and Brecon Leisure Centre will see changes broadening their appeal and improving accessibility for customers.

Freedom Leisure has been able to rely on Clarkson Alliance’s expertise in leisure over the years.  By clarifying objectives at the beginning of the project and delivering exactly on that vision, we have solidified our relationship.  Our strategic input has been evidenced with increases in participation post  project completion, attesting to our ability to ensure certainty of outcome.

£750,000 is being spent to develop Flash Leisure Centre in Welshpool which will see big changes.  A new gym incorporates a dedicated functional training area.  A new combined reception and café island offers a more efficient and accessible area to greet visitors and meet others. A new spin studio will be created and a new group exercise studio will take the place of the former gym.  The project will begin in summer 2016.

Brecon Leisure Centre will receive £300,000 to introduce a new larger gym where the current ten pin bowling area is located. The current gym will be replaced with a new studio, increasing the number of group exercise classes available.  The project will also begin in summer 2016.

The project at Rhayader Leisure Centre started in May, utilising a £190,000 investment.  Improvements include enlarging the current gym and introducing a new studio enabling a greater range of classes to be scheduled.

Energy saving measures are provided through Clarkson Alliance’s sister company, Leisure Energy.

Services Provided

Clarkson Alliance is providing design, project management and cost management services.

Value £1.9m

Client Powys County Council

Contract The Flash Leisure Centre and Brecon Leisure Centre: NEC Option A, Rhyader Leisure Centre: NEC Short Contract

Freedom Leisure has more than doubled in size over the past few years thanks to partnerships with multiple Local Authorities across England and Wales.  We attribute our success to providing value for money facilities closely mapped to the interests of the communities they serve, operated by a motivated team.  Clarkson Alliance share these values and work closely with us.  The leisure concepts we have designed together and the results they have achieved are a winning combination which we are looking forward to bringing to Powys.

Matt Hunt

Operations Director, Freedom Leisure

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