Geotech tests to confirm pool site suitable

Robert West
Robert West
The imminent start of geotechnical testing on a site for the new Mosgiel pool is a ‘‘positive step’’ for the long-running project.

The Dunedin City Council yesterday announced it would begin the testing on the proposed site within the next few weeks.

‘‘We’re pleased this positive step in the project is about to get under way,” council group manager parks and recreation Robert West said.

The council would undertake tests on the site, next to the existing, about 85-year-old pool at the western end of Memorial Park.

“We expect that testing will confirm the western site is suitable for the new pool, and provide further information about underground infrastructure and the floodbank,’’ Mr West said.

The soil will be tested by using cones pushed one metre and 15 metres deep into the soil, and machine boreholes 10 metres deep.

The test holes would be in about 20 locations in the car park, sports fields and floodbank.

The start date for testing was pending consent from the Otago Regional Council, and testing was expected to take about a week. The DCC would try to minimise disruption during the work. Holes would be backfilled, capped and returned to an even surface.

The DCC expected to receive a report on the testing a month after testing was completed, he said.

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