HOWZAT Sport and Fitness Centre has been closed indefinitely and will need a completely new roof after results of an air quality examination revealed levels of asbestos.
Nanjing Night Net

Howzat, which has been closed since the building was evacuated last Thursday, said yesterday it would remain shut until at least January 2012.

The gym’s thousands of patrons have been told their memberships will be ‘‘put on hold’’ and Howzat plans to postpone all amateur sporting competitions and refund money paid by teams to use the building’s indoor facilities.

As a precaution, an assessment of several other businesses in the Cooks Hill Commercial Centre will begin today.

Hazmat officers found asbestos fibres in 21 of 48 dust samples collected throughout the centre.

These locations included various parts of both upper and lower levels of the building.

Hazmat recommended that the suspect roof be replaced.

Board member Alan Green said Howzat had fully adopted the recommendations.

‘‘Howzat fully endorses closing the facility,’’ he said. ‘‘Due to a small number of positive dust samples during the more detailed analysis undertaken, Howzat will be closed until the roof has been replaced,’’ he said.

‘‘It has been agreed by Howzat and the building owner to implement the recommendations from Hazmat services as soon as possible.’’

Howzat is looking for temporary premises for their gym members and people who use the centre to play semi-competitive sport.

Mr Green said Howzat expected to announce the location of the temporary site this week.