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Firm which built Olympic pool picked for new Fareham centre

Balfour Beatty, which built the London Aquatics Centre, has been chosen to build a new leisure centre in Fareham. Picture: Ben Stansall/PA Wire

Balfour Beatty, which built the London Aquatics Centre, has been chosen to build a new leisure centre in Fareham. Picture: Ben Stansall/PA Wire

 

THE firm that built the Aquatic Centre for the London 2012 Olympics is set to build a new leisure centre in Fareham.

Balfour Beatty is set to design and construct the new Coldeast swimming pool, in the western wards, after they were chosen at a Fareham Borough Council meeting last week.

Subject to a call-in period, the international firm will be given a contract of £1.45m to start work on the pool and the leisure facilities.

Executive member for leisure and community, Councillor Connie Hockley said she was delighted with the decision.

‘I am delighted that after the long wait, the pool now looks to be a reality,’ she said.

‘It is great that we are at that stage where a developer has been secured.

‘Balfour Beatty has a great international reputation and it is great that they will be designing and building the pool.’

The construction company, which has branches in Southampton and on the Isle of Wight, has built a number of facilities throughout the UK.

These include the Aquatic Centre for the London Olympics as well as hospitals, schools, a prison and terminal 2B at Heathrow Airport.

Ward councillor for Sarisbury David Swanbrow said: ‘One of the reasons we picked Balfour Beatty is because they can design the centre as well as construct it which is definitely a benefit.

‘They have got a good reputation for building facilities like this and even thought the Coldeast pool won’t be like the Olympic swimming pool, it will be very, very nice.’

The centre is set to have a six-lane 25m pool, a separate learner pool, gym, dance studio, meeting room and car park with 200 spaces.

It is expected to cost around £7m with £5m coming from the councils capital reserves and the rest borrowed.

Councillor Sean Woodward, ward councillor for Sarisbury and leader of the council, said it is good that the development is moving forward.

‘We have waited many years for this pool,’ he said.

‘It is great that it is finally going ahead and people in Fareham are very keen to see it built. We have done numerous surveys and people have said they wanted to see a swimming pool.’

He added: ‘It is fantastic to see a developer decided and we are pleased to have them on board.’

The pool is expected to be completed in May 2016.

 

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