£6.6m project announced to carry out essential roof and plant work at Mountbatten Leisure Centre

A yearlong project to replace Mountbatten Leisure Centre’s roof and carry out essential maintenance and repairs to its plant equipment is set to begin this winter, funded by Portsmouth City Council.

 The repair to the Mountbatten Leisure Centre roof and plant was agreed in Portsmouth City Council's 2023/4 capital budget, as one of four key investments. The others being for power upgrade at the port, city centre north regeneration and transport and street environment improvements, including active travel. Other spending in the council's 2023/4 budget saw investment in schools, additional spending in Children's Social Care and Adult Social Care, doubling the tree canopy across the city, the provision of grants to families on low incomes to help with the Cost-of-Living Crisis, and investment in the seafront.

 The project will be carried out by specialist contractors in phases to minimise disruption on public health and wellbeing services. The first phase of work begins in November 2023 when the sports hall will be temporarily closed until Summer 2024 while overhead works are carried out.

 The rest of the leisure centre, including the car park, gym, swimming pools, classes and café will all be open and running as usual. However, it is planned that activities usually taking place in the sports hall will be relocated to other areas of the centre and at neighbouring locations where possible. PAYG sessions for sports including badminton, basketball, baton twirling and table tennis will also be available at Wimbledon Park Sports Centre and Charter Community Sports Centre.

 Mountbatten Leisure Centre is managed by registered charity BH Live, in partnership with Portsmouth City Council.

 Leader of the Council with responsibility for leisure, Cllr Steve Pitt, said: 

"The original section of Mountbatten Centre's roof was built in the 1980s and the plant equipment and structure are no longer sustainable, so it's vital to carry out these works for the centre to continue to operate.
 "We're providing the funding for the works at Mountbatten Centre because we're committed to provide this much-needed health and wellbeing facility for our residents, in line with our vision for people to live healthy, happy lives."

Customers are being advised of the temporary sports hall closure and how it may affect them. Alternative pools, gyms and classes are also available for customers to use as part of their multisite BH Live Active membership or on a pay as go you basis at other local centres. These include Pyramids and Charter Community Sports Centre. Facilities vary at each centre.

 See bhliveactive.org.uk for more information and ask in centre if any assistance is needed. 

Phase two of the roof replacement work begins in Spring 2024 with further details to be confirmed nearer the time.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about BH Live please contact:
E: press.office@bhlive.org.uk
T: (01202) 055562

About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a registered charity and social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

Our social objectives are to:

  • Encourage more people to take part in physical activity – by providing leisure facilities to encourage active communities and improve health and wellbeing.
  • Attract bigger entertainment audiences – with a diverse range of cultural and artistic events that appeal to a wide variety of tastes.
  • Deliver economic benefit – by hosting major conferences, exhibitions and events that benefit the local, regional and international economy.

With more than five million visits a year we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

For more visit bhlive.org.uk.

Get social with us:

LinkedIn and Twitter @BHLIVE_UK
Facebook @SocialEnterpriseBHLive

BH Live operates the following venues in partnership with Portsmouth City Council:

  • Mountbatten Leisure Centre – Portsmouth’s flagship leisure and event venue with swimming pools, a 150 station gym, eight-court sports hall, squash, spin and dance studios, a cycle velodrome, athletics track, function suites with bars, a café and soft play facility.

It is also home to a Clip ‘N Climb leisure attraction which opened in 2018.

For more visit bhliveactive.org.uk.

Get social with us: Twitter and Facebook @mountbattenlc

  • Pyramids Centre – one of Portsmouth's leading leisure venues overlooking Southsea beach and the Solent. It has state-of-the-art Technogym fitness equipment in a spacious gym with functional fitness, strength and cardio zones. There is a dedicated area for health assessments and people who are new to exercise, plus fitness tracking technology to help support people in reaching their activity goals.

Four activity studios provide a variety of daily exercise classes including Group Cycling, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Yoga, Pilates and the Les Mills programme.

The centre is also home to Exploria, a themed play and bounce attraction which opened in 2021. A range of exciting experiences stimulate play and challenge children agreed from 6 months upwards. A bounce zone includes a diving tower with air bag, interactive games, themed slides agility parkour, battle beams and foam pits. The play zone includes ball pits, spider’s web and cargo climbing features, a rope bridge skywalk, bash bags, tunnels, rollers, beams and dodge ball shoot out. And the baby and toddler zone has all things Exploria, but downsized for little ones. There is also a range of interactive games, a dedicated sensory room, four themed party rooms and a café serving snacks, light bites and drinks.

For more visit bhliveactive.org.uk and exploria.org.uk

Get social with us: Twitter @PyramidsCentre

Facebook @Pyramids.Centre

  • Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre – gymnastics hall with physiotherapy and meeting room.

For more visit bhliveactive.org.uk.

Get social with us: Facebook @PortsmouthGymnasticsCentre

  • Portsmouth Tennis Centre – Situated in the north of Portsmouth consisting of four indoor courts and six floodlit outdoor courts. A comprehensive coaching programme caters for all ages and abilities. Sessions are available for tots, juniors, adults and also includes variations of the sport such as cardio tennis and touch tennis.

For more visit bhliveactive.org.uk.

Get social with us: Twitter @PortsTennis and Facebook @PortsmouthTC

  • Wimbledon Park Sports Centre – sports hall with badminton and basketball courts

For more visit bhliveactive.org.uk.

Get social with us: Facebook @WimbledonParkSportsCentre

  • Charter Community Sports Centre – 20m swimming pool, 20 station gym, sports hall and an outdoor multi-use games area.

For more visit bhliveactive.org.uk 

Get social with us: Facebook @CharterCommunitySC

BH Live is a leisure and cultural trust, established in 2010 as a ‘non profit distributing organisation’ (NPDO) for public benefit to promote participation in leisure and cultural events. BH Live is a Company Limited by Guarantee and Registered Charity. Charity No: 1138311. Company No: 07092112.  VAT Reg No: 108 2248 37. BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, is a Private Company Limited by Shares and a wholly owned subsidiary of BH Live. Company No: 07175626. VAT Reg No: 108 2248 37. Registered Office: Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH. Registered in England and Wales.

Frequently asked questions

A yearlong project for Portsmouth City Council to carry out essential maintenance and repairs to Mountbatten Leisure Centre’s main roof and plant equipment will begin in November 2023.

This area was built in the mid-80s and much of the plant equipment and structure are no longer sustainable. Replacing the roof and plant equipment now will ensure the centre is running as efficiently as possible and protects the longevity and future of the centre.

This investment into the city’s public health and wellbeing facilities is costing Portsmouth City Council £6.6m.

The repair to the Mountbatten Leisure Centre roof and plant was agreed in Portsmouth City Council's 2023/4 capital budget, as one of four key investments. The others being for power upgrade at the port, city centre north regeneration and transport and street environment improvements, including active travel. Other spending in the council's 2023/4 budget saw investment in schools, additional spending in Children's Social Care and Adult Social Care, doubling the tree canopy across the city, the provision of grants to families on low incomes to help with the Cost-of-Living Crisis, and investment in the seafront.

To minimise impact on services the work will be carried out in phases.

  • Phase one
    The main work being carried out in phase one is located above the main sports hall. Supporting scaffolding will be in situ and for public health and safety, we cannot open the sports halls the public while these overhead works are being done.

The rest of the centre including the gym, pools, classes, café, soft play, squash courts, Clip ‘N Climb will all be available as usual.

To minimise impact where possible we will be relocating classes and activity bookings that usually take place in the sports hall. Details are being discussed with instructors, coaches and block booking organisers.

  • Phase two
    Works for phase two are being confirmed and details will be communicated in Spring 2024

During phase one of these works, the gym, pool, classes, café, soft play, squash courts, Clip ‘N Climb will all be available as usual.

Classes and activity bookings that usually take place in the sports hall will be relocated where possible to minimise impact. Arrangements are being discussed with instructors, coaches and block booking organisers.

BH Live Active membership also provides multisite access. Other local facilities are also available at Pyramids, Charter Community Sports Centre and Wimbledon Park Sports Centre.

Members can also access hundreds of online classes including Les Mills via BH Live Active at Home.

See the BH Live Active app or go online at bhliveactive.org.uk for details.

If you have any questions about your membership, please ask in centre for details.

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If you like to pay as you go for activities, other local facilities are also available at Pyramids, Charter Community Sports Centre and Wimbledon Park Sports Centre.

Additional PAYG sessions for sports including badminton, basketball, baton twirling and table tennis will be available at Wimbledon Park Sports Centre and Charter Community Sports Centre.

See the BH Live Active app or go online at bhliveactive.org.uk for facilities details. If you have any questions about your membership, please ask in centre for details.

If you have a regular sports hall, club, school or event booking that is impacted, we will be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you have any questions, please ask in the centre where possible. Alternatively, head over to our online help centre. If you’d prefer to speak with us, please ask in any of our centres.

If you have any questions, please head over to our online help centre or ask in any of our centres where possible.

The best place to ask us any questions is in centre where we can access account details, timetables, information and provide you with one to one assistance.

If you can’t make it into the centre, please get in touch via our online help centre - https://bhliveactive.org.uk/help-centre