New pool could be open for Olympics

Artist impression of how a new swimming pool for Sun Lane could look.
Artist impression of how a new swimming pool for Sun Lane could look.
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THE city’s new £10m swimming pool could be open in time for the start of the London Olympics.

Coun Dave Dagger, cabinet member for culture, sport and libraries, made the announcement at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday.

He said: “We are in negotiations with developers and are hoping to award the contract in April, with a view to work starting in May. We hoping to open in July 2012 in line with the opening of the Olympics.”

In August last year the name of the Sun Lane swimming pool and sports centre complex was revealed. It will be called Wakefield One.

But original plans for an eight-lane 25-metre pool, learner’s pool, fitness suite, spa bath, steam room and sauna, spectator area and cafe, had to be scaled back last year when the project was found to be £1.4m over budget.

A report prepared for Wakefield Council’s cabinet at the time, said ‘compromises’ would have to be made in terms of the quality and design of the building. It added: “The current lifespan was designed to be 50 years, but this may need to be reduced to 25 within the budget available.”