Horsham Gymnastics Centre felt the full extent of a leaking roof this week in what they described as a ‘body blow’ for the club after rain damaged the roof of the Pavilions Leisure Centre where they rent the hall for use of more than 1,000 children attending classes and sessions.
It was during renovations work commissioned by the council that water leaked through the ceiling and caused water and tiles to drop into the hall, which has now been closed for fears of further damage and safety concerns for the users.
Mr Steve Barritt, one of the directors and founders of the Horsham Gymnastics Centre said, “Obviously this is a body blow to everybody that we can’t open and it affects a lot of people in Horsham. It’s just disruptive and it’s going to cost a lot of money to repair and its wasted resources.”
A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said, “As part of the scheduled renovation works currently taking place at the Pavilions in The Park Leisure Centre, an inspection of the areas of flat roofing decking that sit between the roof arches above the gymnastics hall was undertaken. Once this area of roof decking was exposed it was found to be in a poor condition and it became difficult to make this particular section of roofing watertight. As a result, leaks appeared and a number of interior ceiling panels became waterlogged.”
Flat roofing is prone to problems if not installed properly or inspected regularly. If problems are spotted early enough, steps can be taken to ensure that this kind of disaster is avoided.