DC Leisure wins contract to manage Billingshurst, Steyning and the Pavilions centres

Pavilions, Horsham Park.
Pavilions, Horsham Park.

Three council-owned leisure centres in Horsham district will continue to be run by DC Leisure - the council announced today (Wednesday August 29).

Pavilions in the Park, Steyning Leisure Centre and Billingshurst Leisure Centre will continue to be operated by the same company for a ten-year period starting on December 1 2012.

Horsham District Council will also now be entering negotiations with DC Leisure to agree the ongoing management arrangements for Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, as the old facilities are decommissioned and demolished, with new ones replacing it in the future.

Jonathan Chowen (Con, Cowfold, Shermanbury and West Grinstead), cabinet member for arts, heritage and leisure, said: “We have secured a contract which will ensure the ongoing provision of excellent quality leisure services whilst at the same time generating significant savings for our council taxpayers.

“DC Leisure has been running the contract for 12 years and has provided a good service.

“Clearly staying with the same operator will help ensure a smooth transition.”

The award of the contract ends a very complex and extensive procurement process that involved a rigorous technical and commercial assessment of each bid received.

Detailed initial bids were received from five organisations, with three being shortlisted to the final tender stage.

The final bids were evaluated on both financial aspects and their ability to deliver continuing improvement in customer service, quality of delivery and wider participation.

The new contract includes a detailed performance monitoring system to ensure that important participation, quality of service and building maintenance targets are met.

DC Leisure’s bid also included some investment proposals.

Tim Hewett, business development director for DC Leisure, said: “We are delighted to have been re-awarded this contract with HDC especially after such a robust procurement process.

“We have worked successfully in partnership with the council since 1999 and are proud of our association with them.

“Working with the council for a further 10 years will present exciting opportunities to improve facilities and we look forward to continuing this exemplar leisure management partnership.”