Callander swimming pool has been forced to close – until November at the earliest – after the discovery of “aggressive rusting” within the building.
The pool at the McLaren Leisure Centre shut last week after the rust was discovered in a series of steel columns within the complex.
Centre bosses carried out an investigation to discover the extent of the erosion and are in the process of completing remedial work.
Now, on the advice of structural engineers, centre bosses have opted to close the pool which is frequently used by pupils from McLaren High.
During the investigation, engineers took away covering from the beams and discovered that they were badly corroded and would require repair.
Other columns in the pool hall were also affected but require treatment rather than structural repair. Chair of the board of trustee directors at the centre, David Moore said: “During a planned closure of our swimming pool in August we discovered rust on steel structural columns adjacent to the pool.
“Subsequent investigations revealed more intrusive rusting. Structural engineers advised us that the affected areas should stay closed to enable repairs to be carried out. However, the rest of the leisure centre facilities remain open as normal.
“This extended and unplanned closure of the pool has been very disruptive for customers, pupils and staff alike, but our professional advisors, contractors and staff have been working hard to resolve the problem. We very much regret the inconvenience to all our swimming pool users caused by this unexpected closure, we thank everyone for their understanding and support.
“The essential structural repairs have now been completed but achieving this has required breaking out part of the existing floor. We are now in the process of reinstating the floor and remobilising the planned maintenance works that were put on hold.”
It remains unknown how long the works will take to complete and a date for the re-opening of the pool has yet to be set.
Mr Moore added: “Our target for this is during November, but this may vary depending on the availability of materials and trades people.”
Trossachs and Teith Councillor, Martin Earl added: “I know this has been very disruptive for many people and the school, but it should be recognised how efficiently the staff and Board at the Leisure Centre have dealt with this serious problem.
“I know everyone is working as hard as possible to make sure these essential repairs are carried out quickly.
“The closure of the pool will have a significant impact on revenues for this community run facility and I do hope the local authority is as supportive as possible.”