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Work set to begin on new pool

12 July 2019

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Work to build a new swimming pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Centre is set to begin at the end of this month.

Babergh District Council is investing £2.4m, with £200,000 of funds provided by HadleighTown Council and a Sports England grant (£150k), to build a new swimming pool at Hadleigh Pool and Leisure Centre which will replace the existing pool once complete.

Local firm, Rose Builders has been appointed to carry out the works which are expected to begin late July.

The existing pool will remain open during construction. Hadleigh Pool & Leisure's other facilities including the gym, group exercise classes and the community and social rooms will also be open and unaffected. The new pool is expected to be opened to the public in late May 2020.

The existing pool will then be demolished, and the area will then be re-landscaped into park land, resulting in no net loss of open space.

The works will include;

  • New pool with five 25 metre lanes
  • Disabled access to the pool via easy access steps and handrail or via lift
  • Changing Places toilet and shower facility
  • Sauna
  • Spectator seating
  • Access through to the existing changing facilities, refurbished in 2010.

A local artist has been invited to create a design for the brise soleil which will be located at the front of the new pool.

Tracey Loynds, Development Director for Abbeycroft Leisure, said:

"This is a huge investment for Abbeycroft Leisure and Hadleigh, and builds on the work which has already begun to develop the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Sudbury. The new pool, sauna and facilities will go a long way to supporting our community to get more active and relax too. Inspiring a healthier you."

"This modern facility will improve the customer experience for those swimming and spectating. Our non-user research suggests that those put off by the ageing facilities will return to the pool, which is great news for everyone."

Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, said:

"We're excited to start work on a new pool for the people of Hadleigh. This will allow us to offer up to date and modern facilities while also providing new community facilities such as the Changing Places toilet and shower.

"We recognise that to support our residents to remain healthy and active, we need to be investing in and improving our leisure facilities and infrastructure. This work takes an important step towards achieving the aims set out in our Leisure, Sport & Physical Activity Strategy."

Cllr Steve Allman, Hadleigh Town Council's Mayor, said:

"We're very fortunate to have our own public swimming pool in Hadleigh and I'm delighted with the plans to invest in its future by creating a brand new pool.  

"The designs look fantastic and Hadleigh Town Council is pleased to have contributed funds towards this important community facility, which will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the whole community for years to come." 

Steve Rose, Managing Director of Rose Builders, said:

"We are delighted to play a part in providing this wonderful facility for Hadleigh and the wider Babergh district. Being local to the Suffolk area, our team has in depth knowledge of the town which is important to us when working on community projects. 

"We look forward to the challenge that a new pool brings and are confident that the facility will be enjoyed by many for years to come."

Temporary closures of the footpath between Tayler Road and Stonehouse Road/George Street during the works will be kept to a minimum.