Pontardawe Swimming Pool reopens after dangerous defects

Pontardawe Swimming Pool reopens after dangerous defects

Pontardawe Swimming Pool is set to re-open this week after being closed suddenly in November 2022, due to the discovery of serious defects.

The swimming pool, located at the King George V site, was originally scheduled to re-open by the end of January. However, due to the complexity of the repair work, the main pool will now re-open on Monday, March 6, while a reduced opening timetable will run for the learner pool from the same date.

The team at Pontardawe Swimming Pool will contact Learner Pool Academy members later via email regarding swimming lessons re-starting.

The closure followed an inspection by engineers, which discovered defects in the building relating to a “void” around the training pool and columns under spectator seating.

The inspection identified that the site, which was built in 1974, required “immediate” repairs. Councilors approved funding for emergency repair work estimated to cost around £141,000 over two years. These repairs will extend the life of the pool for a maximum of two years.

Images released after the sudden closure showed shocking amounts of deterioration to the supporting walls and pillars of the site. Defects included deterioration of structural concrete in pool tank walls, external walls, and concrete soffits. More concerning was the revelation that some of the issues with the unsafe pool were originally highlighted by building surveyor Arup over eight years ago in a report carried out in 2014.

The pool is currently managed by Celtic Leisure, but control is due to transfer to Neath Port Talbot Council.

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