A growing number of local authorities across the country are benefiting from the installation of temporary pools as a quick fix solution to short-term pool closures.
Bury Council in Lancashire is the latest local authority to partner with temporary pool specialists Total Swimming, after its existing swimming facility at the Radcliffe Pool and Fitness Centre was closed last year due to structural damage.
The new £945,000 temporary facility will be a UK first – the first demountable, above ground 25m pool which can be easily relocated to another venue if required. The pool will be in place for at least three years and is due to open this month.
Bury Council spokesman, Peter Doherty said: “We decided to provide a temporary facility because of the length of time that Radcliffe could be without a pool. The new swimming pool will ensure that swimming can continue in the local area and we expect 190,000 visitors per year to utilise the facility.”
The new partnership follows the success of the temporary pool installation at the DG One Complex in Dumfries by Total Swimming in October 2014. Since opening, over 20,000 swimmers have used the pool including 5,281 children from 32 primary schools. The construction of the facility has meant that local clubs and schools have been able to continue offering swimming club sessions and lessons as normal. And, for Dumfries and Galloway Council, the pool has proven to be an effective means of revenue generation whilst the existing facilities are closed.
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