Perth Leisure Pool Update
Update: Monday 23rd November 2020
Following the announcement that the flood damage to Perth Leisure Pool required a 12-month closure, Live Active Leisure and Perth and Kinross Council have been working together, over the last few weeks, to look at ways which could potentially bring swimming back to Perth City earlier than September 2021.
A range of options have been considered, including a temporary 'stand-alone' modular swimming pool, a technical reconfiguration of the existing training pool plant within Perth Leisure Pool, utilising temporary external heating and filtration units, and the potential to recommission the swimming pool at the former 'Healthworks' Sports facility at the Aviva headquarters site.
Paul Cromwell, CEO of Live Active Leisure commented, “It is very disappointing that I must inform customers that unfortunately, these options have been ruled out. A temporary pool would take approximately 9 - 12 months to put in place. Reconfiguring the existing training pool would take at least 6 months and would create a high risk of negatively impacting on the wider reinstatement works which is progressing, which could therefore result in an extended closure of the whole facility. In addition, we have been advised that there are alternative plans for the former 'Healthworks' Sports facility moving forward.
"We understand the importance of Perth Leisure Pool in the lives of the people of Perth, supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities, providing fun learn-to-swim opportunities for children and adults, and providing the training ground for our young athletes and the Olympians of tomorrow.
'We will now focus our full attention to the two principle priorities over the course of this challenging period. Firstly, we will do everything we can to support key user groups, clubs and customers by providing access to alternative programmes and venues in the area, and secondly, ensure that the reinstatement works at Perth Leisure Pool is completed on time, and of course, if we are able, try and bring the reopening of Perth Leisure Pool ahead of the anticipated September 2021 reopening date.
Karen Reid, Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “Covid-19 has sadly again restricted indoor sports activities, but nonetheless I’m grateful to the Live Active Leisure team for trying to find a temporary solution enabling our youngsters, local clubs and the public to enjoy swimming in Perth city centre whilst the Leisure Pool is repaired. Our joint focus now must be on getting the Pool repaired as quickly as possible and the Council continues to work closely with LAL to support this as an urgent priority.”
Further updates on the progress of reinstatement works can be found on our website www.liveactive.co.uk or by following our social media pages.
Update: Friday 16th October 2020
Over the last few weeks work has been underway to assess the flood damage to Perth Leisure Pool's plant room, as a result of the exceptional rainfall during the storm in August.
Given the complexity and specialist nature of the repairs required, Thomson Gray Consultants have been appointed to project manage the works required to reinstate the venue. The Consultant Project Team have confirmed that this work is estimated to take around 12 months to complete.
Live Active Leisure and Perth and Kinross Council are working jointly to consider any opportunities and viable options to return swimming provision in Perth at the earliest opportunity and if possible, on a temporary basis to enable repair works to complete.
Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid said: 'Not being able to re-open Perth Leisure Pool is incredibly disappointing and will have an impact on our schools’ learn to swim programme, on local sports clubs and on the wider health and wellbeing of our communities.
‘We will be working urgently with LAL to look at everything possible that we can collectively deliver while the work is ongoing.’
Paul Cromwell, Chief Executive Officer, from LAL said 'We are devastated that this news comes at a time when we would be able to start reopening the venue after the lockdown and impact of Covid 19. We know how valued Perth Leisure Pool is by our customers and know that this will come as a massive blow to many.
'It is also an incredibly anxious time for our highly skilled and loyal team of nearly 80 staff who are based at Perth Leisure Pool, and we will keep them fully updated on the options that we are investigating with Perth and Kinross Council. In the immediate short term, we will try and do everything we can for key user groups by providing access to other swimming pools available in the area. We ask customers to remain patient and rest assured our teams will be in touch with key user groups at the earliest opportunity'.
This is the most up to date information we have, and we appreciate that many of you will have questions around memberships, swimming lessons, however we ask for your patience and to bear with us whilst we work through all of this. Further updates will be available on social media and company website.