Unexpected Pool Closure At Inverness Leisure

The pool at Inverness Leisure was unexpectedly closed in April due to structural safety issues with the windows

Inverness Leisure, the largest leisure pool complex in the Highlands of Scotland was temporarily closed in April over public safety concerns.

The decision was reached to close the facility following a safety inspection of the windows which run along the mid-section of roof in the wet side of the building.

A spokesperson for Inverness Leisure commented: “We commissioned a structural engineer to ascertain what action should be taken in order to ensure the safety of the public.

“The engineer confirmed that there was a potential risk that one of the windows could be displaced during high winds and this has now been attended to.

“We would also thank the many customers who have been in touch over the last few days with kind words and support for the safety decision being taken so quickly.”

The pool closure came during an extensive refurbishment of the complex, which will see replacement of the lighting and flooring in the sports halls and full refurbishment of the poolside changing rooms. Wet and dry side plant rooms will also be upgraded to ensure that the facility is as efficient and as environmentally-friendly as possible.

Speaking about the refurbishments, chief executive James Martin said: “Working in partnership with the Council, we appointed Aecom as project managers and then subsequently Morrison Construction as main contractor and we have been extremely happy with the way in which the overall works have been undertaken.

“Despite a couple of unexpected challenges during the project I am pleased that the overall contract is still on schedule to complete by July.”