The building of Corby swimming pool in 39 fascinating pictures

It's ten years since Corby's £19m swimming pool opened to the public.

Sunday, 21st July 2019, 9:05 am
A crane hovers over the huge Parkland Gateway building site

The Olympic-sized pool was opened by swimming legend Mark Foster on July 24, 2009. It was seen as a giant step in the re-awakening of Corby from a struggling, post-Steelworks, borough to the modern, flourishing place we see today.Here, we take a pictorial walk through our archives to see how the magnificent pool was built.

Former mayor of Corby Peter McEwan takes a final dip in the old swimming pool
Former Corby Swimming Pool Duty Manager Donna Windsor shuts the old pool for the final time

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Demolition gets under way at the old pool while the new one is built in the back ground.
Although it was loved by the town, the old pool was estimated to have a lifespan of only five years left in the early 2000s.
The former pool was reduced to rubble in a matter of weeks.
Work to build the new pool started before the old one was demolished to allow for some continuity of service.
The steelwork starts to go up on the 19m, 50m pool
The concrete is poured for the base of the pool
The 80m long Glu-lam beams are hoisted into place for the new pool. Pictured is former leader of CBC Pat Fawcett, mayor Peter McEwan and project co-ordinators.
The pool is located immediately adjacent to an area of ancient woodland so the design had to be sympathetic to its sensitive location.
All of the accommodation is housed under an organic shaped roof based on a shell structure which helps reduce the visual impact from the surrounding woodland.
The pool was the subject of Corby's biggest ever public consultation and other options for a location were Rockingham Triangle and West Glebe.
It took just seven years from the first idea to the opening. It was built alongside the Corby Cube as part of the wider Parklands Gateway scheme funded largely through the sale of CBC land and property.
Inside the building are an 8 Lane 18.5m wide 50m pool with 2 moving floors and booms providing variable depth, 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m diving platform, plus a 20m pool and fun pool.
The pool was seen as a major step forward for the veolcity of Corby's enviable regeneration.
Cllr Mark Pengelly tests out the gym. The building also has a flume ride, health suite, sauna, steam room, cafe, creche and meeting room.
The project was set for opening on July 24 2009 and finishing touches were made right up to opening day.
Diggers had to excavate to 6m below the ground in the old surface car park to make space for the vent system under the pool
It took five days and 2.5million litres of water to fill the pool
The first members of staff at the Corby East Midlands International Swimming Pool
Ryan Storey is the man behind the goggles on the wall of Corby swimming pool
The spectator area fills up for the opening ceremony
The pool was finally opened on July 24, 2009 with Secretary of State for Sport Ben Bradshaw giving a speech, watched by CBC leader Pat Fawcett with MP Phil Hope.
Cllr Mary Butcher, who died this month, also gave a rousing speech at the pool opening.
Mayor Peter McEwan and Bob Apel, former Commonwealth swimmer, were first in the pool
Former Olympian Mark Foster performed the grand opening
Mark swam the 50m length in 22.92 seconds - a record that still stands at the pool
There was also a diving display at the opening event
The first school swimming lessons at the school were taken by children from Gretton Primary
People queued for up to two hours to get in to the first public swimming session following the official opening. Many were turned away and told to come back later.
Kaitlin and Niamh McMillan were some of the first to test the slide at the fun pool
Liam and Janes O'Hare meet the pool's wildlife
These children were among those to test out the facilities on the first day of public opening
In 2012, Queen Elizabeth II visited the pool to perform a royal opening
There were snipers on the Cube's balcony as part of her majesty's security detail
The Queen fittingly wore an aqua outfit for the event
Thousands of Corby folk turned out to see her
She was greeted by a delegation of the great and the good from Corby
Cheerleaders and synchronised swimming entertained Queen Elizabeth