HARTLEPOOL’S main swimming pool is to re-open to the public after work finished to install a new boom.
The swimming pool at Mill House Leisure Centre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, had been drained of water while work was carried out at the end of November to split the pool into two.
It was originally due to re-open on Monday, December 23 but will now re-open on Friday, December 27, after a slight delay.
Once work to install the new boom was complete it took five days last week for the two pool areas to be re-filled with water and heated.
Centre bosses say the improvements will boost the flexibility and make best use of the L-shaped pool, and help to generate more income.
By splitting the pool into a 20m and 25m pool, officers say there will be “greater flexibility” of space to meet need and demand and say it will be easier to meet the swimming club’s training needs.
The gym and sports halls have remained open to the public during the work to the swimming pool.
Craig Mitchelson, senior assistant manager at Mill House, said: “The swimming pool will re-open to the public on December 27.
“The pool is looking really good as a result of the work and this will give us a lot more flexibility and options for the pool areas.
“We are pleased with how the work has gone.”
The permanent bulkhead cost around £80,000 to install and the pool was closed for four weeks, at a further cost of £20,000 in lost income.
But officers have previously said that the measures will help generate £48,000 per year through increased income.
Mr Mitchelson added: “The work will give the centre greater flexibility and allow us to offer more classes and swimming lessons.
“It will mean we are able to offer the largest swimming programme we have ever been able to, with more opportunities for members of the public to swim.”
The plans were agreed by councillors at a meeting in June.
The Mill House Leisure Centre has a life-span of between 12 to 15 years and the local authority is expecting to get at least 10 years’ of financial benefit from the work.