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New pool for Ripon: first turf to be cut

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The first turf will be cut next week (Monday 16 December) to mark the official start to the construction of a new swimming pool for the people of .

It will signal the beginning of ground stabilisation and engineering works to create the foundations for the new pool building.

When it opens in 2021, the new six-lane pool will provide state-of-the-art facilities which will be the envy of towns and cities across Yorkshire.

It will offer a 60 per cent increase in water space compared to the ageing Spa Baths which will close when the new pool is open.

The multi-million-pound project will also involve refurbishing and upgrading the existing Ripon leisure centre building.

There will be a new main entrance and lobby, changing rooms and health suite, two new dance studios, a ‘spin’ studio and a meeting room.

Outside, the car park will be reconfigured and a sheltered cycle rack will be installed.

The construction works mean the temporary closure of the on-site children’s play area and part of the playing fields.  A footpath will also be diverted.

Willmott Dixon is leading the construction works.

Councillor Stanley Lumley, cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, said:

I am so excited that we’ve finally reached this moment.

After what seems like many months of and discussion, the work to build the new pool is finally underway.

This is a significant investment and will provide the people of Ripon with state-of-the-art swimming facilities.

Combined with the refurbishment of the leisure centre, this represents a transformation of the sport and leisure offer in this part of the district.






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