Councillors and contractors had a splashing time celebrating the re-opening of Splash pool in Rushden after a major refurbishment.
The £330k project, funded by East Northamptonshire Council and carried out by Jeakins Weir, has seen new air handling units and ducting installed, re-tiling in the changing rooms, showers and toilets and the installation of new changing cubicles and lockers.
Councillors Steven North and Richard Lewis were joined for a paddle and a photo to mark the occasion by ENC chief executive David Oliver, managing director of Jeakins Weir Alistair Weir, Andy Rich and Richard Bolton also of Jeakins Weir and Chris Tye, group operations manager of Aspirations Wellbeing who manage the centre.
Steven North, leader of the council, said: “The majority of the repair works are hidden from public view as they involved replacing pool plant and equipment.
“However, the changing rooms have also been re-tiled and have new lockers, cubicles and toilets.
“The whole centre has been through an extensive cleaning process and I’d like to thank customers for being patient while the work has been carried out.”
Alistair Weir, managing director of Jeakins Weir, said: “We were delighted to be awarded this contract using the empa Minor Works framework which meant our specialist sub-contractors got involved early in the design process.
“We started work on the pool at the end of July and we’re happy to be handing it back to East Northamptonshire Council so that swimmers can once again enjoy this well-loved and well-used facility.”
Chris Tye from Aspirations Wellbeing added: “The centre is looking great with Aspirations Wellbeing staff helping to provide a cleaner fresher look to the reception and poolside areas.
“We’ve got some great sessions available for all ages so if you’ve never visited Splash before, check out our website www.aspirationswellbeing.org.uk or pop down and see for yourself what’s on offer.”