06 Aug

First Swimming Pool Tiles Laid at New Leisure Centre

A total of 10,000 tiles will be put down over the next three weeks ahead of the multi-million pound centre’s opening in the spring. David Davies, 13, and Matthew Johnson, 16, of Newark Disabled Swimming Club, laid the first two tiles at the centre on Bowbridge Road.

Matthew said: “It was a good moment. I was the first member to join the swimming club and the first person to lay a tile in the new pool.”

Members of the disabled swimming club had met weekly at the Grove Leisure Centre, Balderton, which is being replaced by the new centre.

The adult and learner pools will be fully-accessible to all thanks to pool pods, which can lift people in and out of the water.’

David and Matthew were joined by other long-serving members to help lay the first tiles.

Charlie Twiner, 16, said: “I enjoy the swimming lessons.

“I’m looking forward to using the new sports centre. It will be good to be somewhere new.”

After the tiles have been laid over the next three weeks, more than 500,000 litres of water will be pumped in.

Around 450,000 litres will be pumped into the adult pool and around 80,000 litres into the learner pool.

A team of 16 people will be laying a total of around 250,000 tiles in and around the pools, including floor and wall tiles. Read More…