Reading Invests In Community Swimming

Sarah HackerDespite the closure of the cherished Arthur Hill Lido in Reading, plans to find a suitable replacement are coming to fruition.

A new demountable pool including 25m five-lane pool is nearing completion, with the main building structure now in place and the final touches expected to be completed by January 15th 2018.Work on the pool tank is underway, with changing rooms complete and the tank filled with water by the end of December. The temporary pool will provide continuity of swimming for central Reading while the permanent replacement for Central Pool is built.

The Council is planning to build two new swimming pools in Reading that will aim to open in 2020 to replace ageing and expensive-to-run facilities at Central Pool and Arthur Hill. GLL (Greenwich Leisure Ltd), who manage Rivermead Leisure Centre on behalf of the Council, will operate the demountable pool to complement existing leisure facilities at Rivermead, including the fitness centre, lagoon pool and sports hall. Paul Shearman, Partnership Manager for GLL in Reading, said: “We are delighted to be able to work in partnership with Sarah Hacker and the Council to support the introduction of the demountable pool at Rivermead.

“GLL is committed to offering quality services at affordable prices for the local community, and the demountable pool will certainly offer fantastic swimming provision for local people.”