Stadium on track

BACK ON TRACK: Work on the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre expansion is progressing and should be finished by November.
BACK ON TRACK: Work on the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre expansion is progressing and should be finished by November.

The expected completion date for the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre expansion has been pushed out by two months, with the project not likely to be finished until November.

The Port Lincoln City Council took over management of the project in May after the Adelaide company leading the project, Unique Urban Built, went into liquidation in April.

Since then the council has employed Jason Stephenson from J and L Stephenson Building and Design as construction manager to help get the project back on track.

"It's council's project, so we're managing the project but we've appointed Jason Stephenson as construction manager because we needed someone with knowledge of the project and with the necessary building licences," the council's chief executive officer Stephen Rufus said.

Mr Rufus said the site was up and running but the expansion would likely not be completed until November, rather than the end of September as hoped.

Work on the $4.4-million final stage of the leisure centre upgrade began in November 2018 and was originally scheduled for completion in July this year.

He declined to comment on potential budget implications and discussions about the project's status were held in confidence at this week's council meeting.

Mr Rufus said after working to get the sub-contractors, originally employed by Unique Urban Built, back on board the council was happy to see the expansion progressing.

"It's the best situation from the worst situation.

"It's taken a lot of work but we're happy with how it has come back on track."