Pool out of action

 

An artist’s impression of the completed pool facility, scheduled to reopen at the end of next year.

The Cambridge Pool closed on Sunday, undergoing a massive redevelopment that will see its doors shut until the end of 2019.  The finished complex will feature an upgrade to the existing heated outdoor pool, a new 10-land indoor pool and learner’s pool, a hydrotherapy pool, spa and sauna and a children’s splash pad. There will also be increased seating and a community room.

The existing 50m pool was opened in 1971, after fundraising by the local community and the swimming club.  The redevelopment of the complex has been on the cards for years, and after intensive public consultation it was confirmed in June last year that the expanded option, including learner’s and hydrotherapy pools, spa, sauna and splash pad, would go ahead at a cost of $16.5M.   Work began on the detailed design phase last month.

“Detailed design means getting down to the real nuts and bolts of the project. It’s when we choose everything from the splash pad equipment to what towel hooks will be in the changing rooms and it’s when we place orders for all the equipment that needs to be sourced from overseas, like pool pumps and filters,” project manager Lorraine Kendrick said.

The pool will rely on $2.1M of community fundraising, of which $800,000 had been raised by last December.

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