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Cracked walls force closure of Stirling ice rink

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Image caption The £27m Peak sports hub was opened in Stirling in 2009

The ice rink at Stirling's £27m sports village has been closed after engineers found cracks in the wall - only five years after it opened.

Structural weaknesses were discovered in the blockwork at the Peak facility.

A spokesman confirmed that the ice rink will be closed for several weeks "to ensure public safety" due to "structural issues".

The centre's other facilities will remain open as normal while repair work is carried out.

The state-of-the-art sports hub, which houses a gym, a climbing wall, a 25m swimming pool and a nine-court sports hall, was opened in 2009.

It was used as an official training centre during the 2012 London Olympics and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

'Public safety'

Engineers were called in after minor cracks were found in the walls of the ice rink.

A Stirling Council spokesman said: "We have been notified by our contractor that the ice rink is facing some structural issues and must be closed for the next few weeks to ensure public safety.

"The contractors are working with Active Stirling and ourselves to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused and are doing all we can to ensure the safety of the ice rink is restored as soon as possible."

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