Mak­ing a splash in Tawa

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RE­BECCA THOM­SON

Tawa swim­mers will be div­ing into a newly re­fur­bished pool by Christ­mas.

The 40-year-old pool has been closed since Oc­to­ber for main­te­nance work and earth­quake strength­en­ing.

In March, Kapi-Mana News re­ported the pool’s re- open­ing would be de­layed, be­cause ex­tra struc­tural work needed be car­ried out on the pool build­ings.

At that stage Welling­ton City Coun­cil was wait­ing for an engi­neer­ing re­port on the state of the build­ings and it was not known when the pool would re-open.

Spokesman Richard MacLean says the coun­cil has fi­nally re­ceived a re­port into the pool build­ings’ state and the work needed to strengthen them.

‘‘Some of the op­tions in­volved strength­en­ing the piles and foun­da­tions, but this would have length­ened the pro­ject un­nec­es­sar­ily and could have caused dam­age to the build­ing,’’ he says.

In­stead the coun­cil will in­sert ex­tra steel beams in the walls.

The orig­i­nal bud­get for the up­grade was $2.1 mil­lion, but Mr MacLean says it is still too early to say what the fi­nal cost will be.

The de­lay will not af­fect timetabled main­te­nance for other coun­cil pools.

Karori Pool is to close on July 1 for six weeks for gen­eral main­te­nance.

Thorn­don Pool will open on July 2 to cope with de­mand while Karori Pool is closed.

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