£2.6m pool makeover set to start

The Swan Pool and Leisure Centre
The Swan Pool and Leisure Centre

The £2.6 million makeover of a local leisure centre is set to start next week.

Construction contractor Balfour Beatty has been appointed to carry out the work at Buckingham’s Swan Pool and Leisure Centre, which will include remodelling and enlarging the changing village and creating a separate dry side changing area.

Plans also involve increasing the size of the gymnasium, modernising the reception and pool spectating area, introducing a multi-use activity area and installing a new climbing facility.

The improvement works are due to start next Monday, with completion due early next year.

Work will be phased to keep as many facilities as possible open for use throughout the construction.

The project is being funded by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC), Sport England, New Homes Bonus money and Section 106 contributions from developers.

Opened in 1996, the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre is showing its age, after 18 years.

District councillor Howard Mordue, who is AVDC’s cabinet member for leisure, said: “This is a substantial investment to improve the leisure centre for the benefit of the community.

“We aim to keep disruption to a minimum while the work is carried out and I’m confident that users of the centre will be extremely pleased with the end results.

“These planned improvements show the council’s continued commitment to providing residents with a high standard of leisure facilities across the district.”

Balfour Beatty construction manager Kris Wadley said: “We are delighted to be working with AVDC to deliver what will be dramatic improvements to the existing leisure centre and are savouring the challenge of completing the work whilst maintaining an operational facility.”

Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) Ltd, operating under its brand name, Everyone Active, took over the operation of the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre on behalf of AVDC in 2013.

Contract manager for Everyone Active, Christine Coppack, said: “This exciting project will see the Swan Pool and Leisure Centre significantly improved to offer an excellent standard of facilities, which the whole community can enjoy.

“The centre will be operating as normal during the works and we encourage all our customers to keep visiting to keep an eye on this amazing transformation.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England Property Director, said: “We’re pleased to be working with the district council to improve the sports facilities in the local community.

“We know people have a better experience of sport when there are good facilities to use.

“Our investment of £500,000 of National Lottery funding into Swan Pool and Leisure Centre will have a big impact on sport in Buckingham.”

Keep up to date on the works as they take place by visiting www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk or www.everyoneactive.com