Work begins on $13.8m aquatic centre upgrade

Work begins on the extension for the Selwyn Aquatic Centre on Monday. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Work begins on the extension for the Selwyn Aquatic Centre on Monday. Photo: Geoff Sloan
Work on the $13.8 million Selwyn Aquatic Centre upgrade will begin on Monday.

Armitage Williams Construction, a Christchurch based company, was appointed to lead the project at a Selwyn District Council meeting last week.

The planned 10-lane, 25-metre pool will more than double the current lane capacity at the aquatic centre and accommodate increasing demand from aquafitness, casual swimming, deep water and other activities.

There will also be additional changing rooms, including five new family changing rooms, along with extra foyer and administration space and the option for a possible café in the future.

Aquatic centre manager James Richmond says the pool extension will meet growing demand at the popular facility.

“The aquatic centre is one of the most popular destinations in the district with people taking more than 300,000 swims here every year. We know people’s number one wish was for more lane space and extra learn to swim capacity, so we’re excited to be

starting on that and looking forward to a fantastic pool at the end that will serve everyone in the district.” 

The work will be completed in stages to minimise disruption to pool users.

From Monday, traffic management will be in place along Broadlands Drive when required to allow truck access in and out of the site. 

The extension is expected to be completed and open to the public in late 2020. 

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