UTTOXETER’S old leisure centre is being torn to the ground as plans to see it transformed into a brand new, modern facility are well under way.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has revealed the redevelopment of Uttoxeter Leisure Centre, in Oldfields Road, is now in full swing as contractors finish demolishing the final bits of the old site.
Contractors have been on site since early February to organise the demolition of the old building, including the changing rooms, reception, squash courts, crèche and gym.
Another large scale operation included the removal of the old pool roof which is due to be replaced with a more modern design.
Work last month included the arrival of the contractors on site and making the site safe ready for demolition. A site office was also set up to serve customers using the interim activities based at other sites during the closure.
A soft demolition took place in the first few weeks to remove existing utilities and furnishing before work continued on demolishing the main structure.
In mid February work started on the demolition of the main buildings which began with the glass front entrance and the staff room. By end of February the wet changing rooms and crèche had also been demolished.
Earlier this month, contractors started the demolition of the remaining main structure, which included the squash court, gym rooms and dry changing rooms. The original plastic pool roof was also removed piece by piece.
Towards the end of the month, workers are completing the last few stages of the demolition process including the stripping of the tiles on the poolside.
The project will now move on to the preparation of the site for groundwork to begin in April.
Site manager Steve Skadorwa, of Bowmer and Kirkland Building Services, said: “Progress is good; the project is running according to schedule and at this stage we don’t anticipate any problems. Focus at the moment is on completing demolition, with the removal of the pool roof being the last significant part of that process. We are on track to start initial ground works in early April.”
Looking forward into April work will begin at ground level ready for the foundations of the new building, along with initial works to add the new spectator seating area on the poolside.
This will include the opening up of one side of the pool hall to make room for the new dedicated viewing area.
Robert Hardwick, the council’s deputy leader for cultural services, said: “I’m delighted with the progress being made at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre. I visited the site on Friday and can report that all work is on schedule and the contractors have almost completed the demolition of the old site.
“I’m looking forward to visiting the site again in the near future as ground work starts in early April in preparation for the new building.”
Residents can view the progress by visiting www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or the Facebook page.