Artist’s rendering of the extension’s new entrance

Aquatic Centre extension on track

by Mike Isle

Work begins this week on the extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre.

The council has appointed a contractor to carry out the extension and refurbishment of the existing pool.

The new 10-lane, 25-metre pool will more than double the current lane capacity 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 cafe in the future.

The work will be completed in stages to minimise disruption to pool users. Traffic management will be in place along Broadlands Drive when required to allow truck access in and out of the site.

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

“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 the 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 district.”

The extension is expected to be completed and open to the public in late 2020. The total cost of the project will be $13.8 million.

The Aquatic Centre opened in 2013 and was an immediate success. At that time, it had 1,400 pre-enrolments at its swim school. The centre cost $15 million to build.