New city centre pool to open on schedule

Ongoing building works on the new Sun Lane swimming pool
Ongoing building works on the new Sun Lane swimming pool

BUILDING work on the city’s £10m swimming pool is on course.

Council bosses say the new pool on Sun Lane is on schedule and on budget.

Its opening will coincide with the July 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The new pool and sports centre complex, Sun Lane Leisure, will house a six-lane, 25m pool, a learner pool, a 100 station fitness suite, a multi-use activity and dance studio plus a spectator area.

Council leader Peter Box said: “I am pleased to say that Sun Lane Leisure is very much on budget and on schedule.

“Its opening will coincide with the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012 and will enable all communities to enjoy and participate in an active and healthy lifestyle.

“This is another important step towards Wakefield becoming a city full of sporting activity and well being in 2012.”

The pool was original set to be called Wakefield One named by an Express reader.

It is on the site of the original Sun Lane baths, which was built in the 1930s and closed down in 2006 after it was found to have structural problems.

The council plans to close city centre leisure centre Lightwaves, on Marsh Way, when Sun Lane Leisure opens.