WORK to transform Uttoxeter Leisure Centre has taken a significant step forward as workers start re-building the facility.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has revealed that demolition of the Oldfields Road centre has now been completed and over the last few weeks the project has been taken forward into the start of the building phase.
The ground work has now commenced in preparation for the new structure.
Throughout April work was completed to strip the tiles off the pool surrounds. Demolition also began on the right hand side of pool hall using a ‘concrete muncher’ to remove existing side wall and columns.
In addition to this the removal of the old poolside store room and first aid room created space for the new spectator seating area.
Finally at the end of April a large crane and concrete cutting equipment were used to remove substantial parts of the existing pool structure.
May has also been a busy month for the workmen so far with the removal of the existing pool plant machinery including pool filters and boilers.
The final phase of ground preparation saw the old diving pit exposed and made fit for the new foundations to be installed.
Foundations have since been placed into the ground at the rear of the building and along the pool hall side ready for the new spectator seating area and pool roof structure.
Finally the steel structure of the new pool roof and rear of the pool spectator area was bolted together and craned into place.
With the end of May fast approaching, work is continuing on the installation of the steel structure that will form the basis of the new facility. This will continue into June as the new centre takes shape.
Site manager Steve Skadorwa, of Bowmer and Kirkland Building Services, has overseen the demolition of the centre, and now turns his attention to the shell of the new building.
He said: “Progress is good and has continued to plan: the demolition stages were completed without any major problems and the ground work preparations were started in April and have also gone well.
“At the moment we are focusing on installing the steel framework which will create the shell of the new building.”
The council said the centre will really start to take shape in the coming months as the steel structure is pieced together. As this continues the pool tank will be tile stripped and prepared for the centre.
Residents wanting to keep up to date with the progress of the project are asked to visiting www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk , the leisure centre Facebook page or by signing up to the email newsletters.