12/12/2006 - 22:00

Sol Health plans $15m health centre for Butler

12/12/2006 - 22:00

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Sol Health plans $15m health centre for Butler

Sol Health managing director Dean Solly has unveiled plans to build a $15 million health and lifestyle centre at Butler, north of Joondalup, and has earmarked a second centre for Mandurah.

The former Arena Joondalup manager and his partner, Lesley Solly, have secured a large lot on the corner of Lukin and Connolly drives in Butler and plan to build a state-of-the-art centre incorporating an eight lane, 50-metre indoor pool and grandstand seating for 300 people.

Mr Solly said the company had raised $4 million in capital to date, but was seeking state government support in the form of a $2.4 million contribution, to be put towards the construction of the pool.

Other features of the centre include three indoor sporting courts, leisure pool, hydrotherapy pool, gymnasium, medical suites, day spa, kids’ activity centre and cafe.

“It will be an outstanding development for the community, a health, aquatic and lifestyle centre that will become a major community hub for the residents of the north,” Mr Solly said.

While confident the government would come to the table, the company is in the position to revert to an alternative plan for a six-lane, 25-metre pool if its bid was unsuccessful.

Mr Solly said he was aiming for construction to start by May 2007 and hoped the project would be completed by June 2008.

Between now and 2012, Sol Heath hopes to have a total of four facilities in Western Australia.

Next on the agenda is Mandurah, with the company having secured a 13,000 square metre site along the Old Coast Road at Erskine.

It intends to strata the site into three sections, including a 50-metre pool, day-care centre, kids activity centre and 900sq m of commercial tenancies.

 “Sol Heath will manage the health and fitness and aquatic component and the commercial tenants will provide the base security,” Mr Solly told WA Business News.

“There is a huge need for a 50-metre pool there. Mandurah Aquatic Centre is 23 years old and cannot keep up with demand.”

The company is seeking support from the City of Mandurah but is awaiting the results of a council review into its aquatic facilities.

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