No con­crete ev­i­dence for leisure pool fault

Probe con­tin­ues

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Marzella

The cause of the‘sig­nif­i­cant de­fect’ that has forced the swim­ming pool at Stir­ling’s Peak leisure cen­tre to close has yet to be found.

Stir­ling Coun­cil is prob­ing the cause of the dam­age to the pool at the £27 mil­lion sport cen­tre which closed last month.

The fa­cil­ity was shut af­ter the se­ri­ous fail­ure was dis­cov­ered in its con­crete layer.

It had ini­tially been due to close for five weeks to al­low for main­te­nance work to be car­ried out.

How­ever, the fault was dis­cov­ered and the fa­cil­ity will now be closed un­til next March. But three weeks on since the baths were shut, Stir­ling Coun­cil is still work­ing to get to the bot­tom of the prob­lem.

A spokesper­son said: “A de­fect was dis­cov­ered in the con­crete screed dur­ing main­te­nance works and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are still un­der­way to es­tab­lish the cause.

“We have no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to add at this point.”

It re­mains un­clear how much the re­pairs will cost the author­ity and no an­nounce­ment has yet been made re­gard­ing pro­vi­sions for users of the pool dur­ing the clo­sure.

The 25–me­tre, six–lane pool was built by Barr Con­struc­tion and opened in Fe­bru­ary 2009.

In Fe­bru­ary 2017, the ice rink at the leisure cen­tre was closed for a fort­night be­cause of a pip­ing prob­lem.

In Au­gust 2016 an elec­tri­cal fault forced The Peak to close for a num­ber of days.

Cracks in a wall of the ice rink at the sports com­plex were dis­cov­ered in Oc­to­ber 2014.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched in Jan­uary 2014 when it was dis­cov­ered that a quan­tity of ammonia had leaked and blown into the swim­ming pool air vent.

Faulty Pool at The Peak was closed last month

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