The demolition stage has now reached its conclusion and ground work has commenced in preparation for the new structure.
At the beginning of April work was completed to strip the tiles off the pool surrounds. Demolition also began on the right hand side of pool hall using a ‘concrete muncher’ to remove existing side wall and columns.
In addition to this the removal of the old poolside store room and first aid room created space for the new spectator seating area.
Finally at the end of April a large crane and concrete cutting equipment were used to remove substantial parts of the existing pool structure.
May started with the removal of the existing pool plant machinery including pool filters and boilers.
The final phase of ground preparation saw the old diving pit exposed and made fit for the new foundations to be installed.
Foundations have since been placed into the ground at the rear of the building and along the pool hall side ready for the new spectator seating area and pool roof structure.
Finally the steel structure of the new pool roof and rear of the pool spectator area was bolted together and craned into place.
As we approach the end of May, work is continuing on the installation of the steel structure that will form the basis of the new facility. This will continue into June as the new centre takes shape.
Site Manager Steve Skadorwa of Bowmer & Kirkland Building Services, appointed contractor, has overseen the safe demolition of the old centre, and now turns his attention to the shell of the new building. Commenting on the progress so far, Steve said:
“Progress is good and has continued to plan: the demolition stages were completed without any major problems and the ground work preparations were started in April and have also gone well. At the moment we are focusing on installing the steel framework which will create the shell of the new building”.
The new centre will really start to take shape in the coming months as the steel structure is pieced together creating the new building. As this continues the pool tank will also be tile stripped and prepared for the new centre.
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