Yorkshire residents are set to dive into new waters as work gets well underway on the new Selby Leisure Centre. The new facility will replace the former Abbey Leisure Centre, which was destroyed by fire in February 2013. The main contractor on the project, Wates Construction, awarded aqua-leisure specialist Barr + Wray a £500,000 contract to install the water features for the centre.
Barr + Wray will complete the design, supply and installation of a six-lane 25m competition and training pool, filtration and treatment systems and tiling works. Lorne Kennedy, European sales director at Barr + Wray said: “Following the devastating fire, Selby residents have had limited access to fitness and swimming facilities. “Given Yorkshire’s strong sporting tradition, a state-of-the-art replacement is required by the community, while the addition of professional standard timing features and a competition pool will attract swimming contests.” Lorne added: “Through our expertise in the design and installation of leisure facilities and close coordination with architects and structural engineers on the project we look forward to delivering the facilities in early 2015.” With the centre partly-funded by Sport England, the competition pool will have an extensive tiered viewing gallery for spectators. Initial works are under way on the casting of the pool shells with the centre due for completion in early 2015.