Swimming pool revamp on the horizon

IPSWICH: Work on the �3.5million refurbishment of Crown Pools is due to start next Monday when there will be new entrance into the building.

Paul Geater

IPSWICH: Work on the �3.5million refurbishment of Crown Pools is due to start next Monday when there will be new entrance into the building.

The project starts just weeks after the completion of the �480,000 overhaul of the Victorian Fore Street Baths on the other side of the town centre.

The first phase of restoration work at Crown Pools is expected to take around four months and will involve the construction of a new reception area and changing rooms.

There will also be a new cover installed for the main pools to reduce heat loss.

While the work is completed, people will use temporary changing rooms, which are being installed on the William Street side of the building this week.

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The temporary entrance will be from William Street for everyone except those who use wheelchairs or push buggies - they will have a separate entrance from Crown Street.

The second phase of the refurbishment work will be completed next year.

Judy Terry, borough leisure spokeswoman, said: “This is a key milestone in our major investment in Ipswich swimming. Soon we will be able to offer swimmers at Crown Pools a much more enjoyable and comfortable experience.

“We also hope to minimise inconvenience to customers and will endeavour to remain open throughout phase one of this work.”

Meanwhile, Fore Street is once again proving very popular following the completion of its makeover by Ipswich-based ISG Jackson Special Projects.

The work included the restoration of the Victorian glazed roof above the pool - the most striking feature of the building.

Are you looking forward to the pool restoration? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk>