£150,000 temporary pool unveiled while work is done at centre

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THIS is the temporary pool that will keep swimmers going in Fareham while the leisure centre is closed for a £1.5m revamp.

The 18m pool has been set up to replace the main one, which is closed for 12 weeks for refurbishment.

Fareham Leisure Centre have a temporary swimming pool for 6 months while the centre is having a refit. Pictured is the first to use the pool  Gary Paish - customer services manager.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14947-3) PPP-140328-132201001

Fareham Leisure Centre have a temporary swimming pool for 6 months while the centre is having a refit. Pictured is the first to use the pool Gary Paish - customer services manager.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (14947-3) PPP-140328-132201001

The centre is undergoing a restoration programme that will see the main and teaching pools modernised and an expansion of the changing rooms.

A steam room and sauna will also be installed.

While the work is carried out, swimmers will be able to use the temporary facilities, which are connected to the leisure centre via a walkway.

The pool cost £150,000 but area contract manager Ian Cook said it was necessary while the work was done.

‘When we decided to revamp the centre, we wanted to provide a temporary pool for our customers,’ he said. ‘The main one will be closed for 12 weeks so the temporary pool will be a substitute for that.

‘But when that reopens, the teaching pool will be worked on so the temporary pool will be used instead by the schools.

‘As the only swimming pool in the borough, we have 18 schools to cater for and we have classes as well as those who come for a casual swim.

‘So we always wanted to build the temporary pool so all these people and children can continue to come to us.

‘We hope our customers like it and are happy that we are providing them with swimming facilities while the refurbishment takes place.’

The pool, purchased by Fareham Borough Council, has changing room facilities, toilets and platforms that can go into the pool for the younger swimmers that reduce the depth from 1.1m. It also has the same maintenance of the main pool and is at the same temperature.

There is also seating for up to 30 spectators.

Mr Cook added: ‘The temporary pool really is fantastic and it was constructed in just over a week. It can be flat-packed too so it’s really useful.’

The pool will be open on Monday.