St. George’s swimming pool in Shadwell is set to undergo a revamp from Monday.
Tower Hamlets Council and Greenwich Leisure Limited are working together along with the support of the Amateur Swimming Association. The project will primarily involve improvement of the pool facilities and extension of its life span.
A large chunk of the investment will be utilised for structural repairs some of which will also be available for an update to both the interior and exterior of the building.
The council plans to construct new windows, replace the pool plant systems, and improve the reception and replace diving boards. The centre also plans to develop a diving programme this year.
While the work is underway, the pool will be shut for six weeks. The council promises minimum inconveniences to the local residents as well as the school children who take swimming lessons at the pools.
Clare Boston, GLL Partnership Manager for Tower Hamlets said: “There is no ideal time to close a well-used facility such as St George’s Pool and we realise that many of our users will be inconvenienced. However, we hope that the long-term benefits and improved facilities will outweigh the short-term disruption.
“In the interim there are a number of other swimming pools within Tower Hamlets that are available to local residents including Mile End Park Leisure Centre, Tiller Leisure Centre and York Hall Leisure Centre.”
The council hopes the improvements will be completed by March this year.