£150K refurb for Hatfield Swim Centre

PUBLISHED: 17:53 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:22 28 September 2017

Hatfield Swim Centre.

Hatfield Swim Centre.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Hatfield Swim Centre is set to get a much-needed £150,000 refurbishment.

Hatfield Swim Centre.Hatfield Swim Centre.

The borough council is set to splash the cash on Hatfield Swim Centre.

The project is set to cost £150,000, of which £110,000 will come from Welwyn Hatfield Council and £40,000 from the operator, Finesse.

The council has already gone out to tender and has received 11 bids, which it is in the process of evaluating.

Work will include the re-tiling of all floors and walls throughout the male and female show/toilet areas, plus a new modern ceiling in these areas.

All showers, toilets, urinals, sinks and cubicles will be replaced with modern alternatives.

There will be new drainage gullies throughout the male and female shower/toilet areas.

The council expects “improvements to and modernization of the flooring, lighting, fixtures and fittings and overall decor of the changing village to the maximum that can be achieved by the successful contractor within the allowed for budget”.

The council hopes to award the contract early next month (October) so that work can take place in the run up to Christmas, with completion before the peak period for leisure facilities, which is in January.

In November last year, the Swim Centre came under fire over its levels of cleanliness, but now its former critics are welcoming news of the refurbishment.

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Ruth Smith, whose children use the pool, said: “About time!

“It’s excellent news that they’re going to do it.

“It will make such a difference.

“Just because it is an old building, there’s no excuse for the state that it got into.

“I have been to pools in Stevenage and Great Yarmouth and they’re equally as old, but they’re well maintained.

“From floor to ceiling, Hatfield is bad and the showers I just don’t want to go in.

“The pool is really good and hopefully this refurbishment will draw more people to the centre.”

The council has also stated: “The successful contractor will need to consider within the scheme the desire to ensure the main changing village area remains open for use to the public as much as possible throughout the works.”

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