Armitage Williams Construction site manager Kirill Makogon oversees the installation of the filtration system for the new pool at the Selwyn Aquatic Centre expansion

Aquatic centre’s extension

by Ann van Engelen

Work began on the extension to the Selwyn Aquatic Centre last week with the Selwyn District Council appointing Armitage Williams Construction Limited as the contractor to carry out the extension and refurbishment of the existing pool.

“The pool extension will meet growing demand at the popular centre,” says council Aquatic Facilities manager James Richmond.

“The aquatic centre is one of the most popular destinations in the district with people taking more than 380,000 swims here every year.

We know people’s number one wish was for more lane space and extra learn to swim capacity. So we are excited to be starting on that and looking forward to a fantastic pool at the end that will serve everyone in the district.”

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

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