DG1 Leisure Centre Investigation Finally Complete


An enquiry into the construction failings of DG One’s leading leisure centre has been completed. The chair of the inquiry stated that he had never found so many problems on one site.

Prof John Cole chaired the inquiry and presented his findings and proposals in April last year.

Dumfries and Galloway Council have now received a report confirming all the actions that had been identified.

The leisure centre originally opened in 2008 and cost about £17 million to build. Problems became evident very quickly, eventually leading to the complete closure of the facility in 2014. The building had to be completely overhauled, costing a further £20 million. £10 million was recovered from the original contractors.

An independent investigation was the actioned to identify how the original project was handled. The inquiry probed various aspects including:

  • The project management boards
  • SOPs and protocols put in place for capital scheme decision making
  • Procedures for the supervision of contract administrators

The new report stated that all issues had now been addressed.

The leisure facility reopened in July this year under the new brand DG1. The facility features include swimming pools, a gym and recreation space. It seen 900 new members in the first month of its opening.