Li­brary and pool up­grades on sched­ule

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Tom Row­land

The nec­es­sary up­grades for two key pieces of Hamil­ton’s in­fra­struc­ture are on sched­ule and set to re­open at the end of the year — Water­world and the CBD li­brary.

Water­world has been closed since the end of Jan­uary af­ter the city coun­cil ap­proved $10.8 mil­lion in fund­ing for new pipes and floor­ing, among other up­grades last year.

The pool’s cur­rent pipes had been weak­en­ing and were at a risk of fail­ing.

Hamil­ton City Coun­cil Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Man­ager Deb­bie Las­celles said that the work has made pleas­ing progress.

“This week has seen in­stal­la­tion of pipework around the 50m pool, pour­ing of con­crete for rais­ing of the pool­side con­course, in­stal­la­tion of the new fire sys­tem and as­so­ci­ated elec­tri­cal work. This week the new fil­ters for the pools ar­rived, hav­ing been im­ported from the USA,” Ms Las­celles said.

The coun­cil has been post­ing reg­u­lar up­dates to its city pools’ Face­book page and Ms Las­celles said the re­sponse from the public has been good.

“We’ve had great un­der­stand­ing and sup­port from our cus­tomers on this project. We’ve been post­ing reg­u­lar up­dates to the of­fi­cial Hamil­ton Pools Face­book page, in­clud­ing time-lapse video, and th­ese up­dates have been very well re­ceived with plenty of pos­i­tive com­ments from our fol­low­ers and cus­tomers — a good barom­e­ter of the at­ti­tude from the public to­ward this work.” The pool is ex­pected to re open in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber.

The CBD li­brary in Gar­den Place has been closed since Novem­ber 2016 af­ter earth­quake is­sues were re­ported.

In Septem­ber last year, coun­cil voted to spend $635,200 to un­der­take seis­mic up­grades to the four-storey li­brary build­ing which will bring it up to the re­quired safety stan­dards.

Ms Las­celles said the li­brary work is also on sched­ule.

“This week the fo­cus has been on reconstructing the in­te­ri­ors of the part of the build­ing where work has been hap­pen­ing — for ex­am­ple lin­ing of the walls, plumb­ing and elec­tri­cal work. We are on sched­ule with this job, and plan­ning for the re-en­try to the Cen­tral Li­brary is a key pri­or­ity for the Hamil­ton City Li­braries man­age­ment team over the next few weeks.”

The li­brary re­opens in Septem­ber.

“The bulk of the work is oc­cur­ring in back-of-house/staf­fonly ar­eas, mean­ing cus­tomers will see lit­tle change when we re­open the Cen­tral Li­brary. We are us­ing the clo­sure to also un­der­take two small re­newals projects, re­place­ment of the main en­try door and new floor sur­fac­ing of our cus­tomer lift.”

“We’ve had earth­quake strength­en­ing work done us­ing spe­cial car­bon fi­bre strips ap­plied to the floor sec­tions. We’ve also done some ren­o­va­tions to staf­fonly ar­eas, in­clud­ing re­place­ment of staff toi­lets and bath­rooms, and we’re also in­stalling a Car­dax se­cu­rity sys­tem which is a health and safety as­pect for our staff and the se­cu­rity of the build­ing.”

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New non-slip floor­ing around the 25m, 50m and div­ing pools has been added to Water­world.

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Hamil­ton coun­cil­lors were given a tour of the work be­ing un­der­taken at Water­world.

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