Interserve starts on £1.7m pool repair

Interserve has begun work on a £1.7m project to bring a swimming pool Southampton City Council was forced to close in 2012 back into use.

The project, which should see Oaklands Pool ready to be used by local Lordshill residents again by early 2015, involves mainly repairing the M&E functions of the building.

But it will also include improving the changing cubicles, toilets, administration areas and roof and expanding the car park.

The council was forced to close the pool in the 2012 because of mechanical issues with pipes feeding the pool.

Interserve’s site manager Craig Senior said: “The project will see us create nine structural openings around the perimeter of the pool surround through a 400mm thick reinforced slab in order to fit new pipework. The challenge of this part of the project will be to support the area properly while the fill is removed. Much work will also be done in the pool’s adjacent plant room in order to improve its efficiency.”

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