Swimming Temporary Pool Closure – Progress Report
Since we discovered aggressive rusting on one of the structural steel columns in our Swimming Pool Hall we have been carrying out investigations into the extent of the problem and undertaking the necessary remedial works. On the advice of our Structural Engineer we closed the Pool Hall and the adjacent viewing area. In addition to the disruption to our customers and pupils we have had to delay other engineering and maintenance work that we had originally planned.
Under our Structural Engineer’s advice, and with the help of the Centre staff and a local contractor, we uncovered the protective coatings to the steel columns and opened up the floor construction around the affected columns. This work has, of necessity, proceeded cautiously and revealed that four of the columns were badly corroded and would require repair, other columns in the Pool Hall were also affected but require treatment rather than structural repair.
The essential structural repairs have now been completed and we are starting the process of reinstating the protective coatings, the underfloor heating, the floor construction etc., we are also re-mobilising the planned maintenance works that were put on hold.
It is too soon for us to be able to give a definitive date for the re-opening of McLaren Leisure Swimming Pool but we are delighted that we can see the end in sight in the next few weeks. Our target for this is early November, but this may vary depending on the availability of materials and trades people.
We very much regret the inconvenience to all our swimming pool users caused by this unexpected closure, we thank everyone for their understanding and support. We believe that by taking action on these essential repairs we have helped secure the long term future of our Leisure Centre.
We will make a further announcement as soon as we have a more definite programme.
Chair of Board of Trustee Directors
05 October 2017