The £2million revamp of Malvern Splash swimming pool is on course to start at the end of August.
Malvern Hills District Council has appointed LST Projects as the main contractor, who will bring 125 years of expertise to the project.
The project will involve the full refurbishment of the swimming pool changing rooms and toilets, including dedicated changing facilities for people with disabilities and additional family changing areas
To enhance the experience for both swimmers and spectators, there will also be a new interactive water play feature for younger swimmers, underwater lighting, a PA system, a new flume and improvements to the pool side area.
Further works have already been completed since the Covid-19 outbreak with the installation of a new wave machine and a UV filtration system to improve the water quality and lower the levels of chlorine.
A range of environmental measures including more efficient pumps, new boilers and LED lighting have been completed and new energy efficient pool side glazing and solar panels will also be installed as part of the main project.
There will be limited disruption to the facility's current fitness users once the project starts. However, Priory Road North car park will be unavailable to the public until the refurbishment is completed in early January 2021 as it will accommodate the LST Projects site compound. Priory Road South car park will remain open as normal.
We were pleased to reopen Malvern Splash in July for our fitness customers and it is great news that the pool works are starting at the end of August. We look forward to the completion of the project which will provide a fantastic swimming experience for everyone in MalvernIvan Horsfall-Turner | Managing Director - Freedom Leisure
This investment is the next step in providing first class facilities and an enhanced experience for all who use the swimming pool. it also supports our efforts to make the council's own operations carbon neutral by 2030Cllr Sarah Rouse | Leader of Malvern Hills District Council
Residents can stay up to date with the latest news on the project by signing up for email alerts at www.malvernhills.gov.uk/emailalerts and by checking back to our website www.freedom-leisure.co.uk/malvernsplash.
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The FAQs below cover some of the most common questions you may be wanting to ask:
What is the scale of the works and does it include any improvements to the fitness facilities?
The works will focus on the wet facilities including the swimming pool, pool surrounds and changing village. There will be a number of improvements to the pool plant room which will improve bather experience while swimming.
A new UV filtration system will be installed that will improve water quality and lower levels of chlorine. This means the pool is less reliant on added chemical. New boilers are being installed along with improve heating system to the pool meaning a more constant temperature for bathers.
The redevelopment does not cover the fitness facilities or fitness changing rooms.
What facilities will be closed/remain open?
The Gym and Group Exercise Classes are the only facilities that will remain open during the works. The Swimming Pool and Changing Village will remain closed until we open after completion of the project
It may be that we will need to change the reception entrance at some point during the works but this will be communicated in advance via customer emails.
Please note that once we re-open the Centre after the closure due to Covid 19 there will be revised opening times and timetables. These will be updated on the website once we are open.
Will the Sauna & Steam Room be retained?
While the removal of these facilities was not considered during the initial phase of consultation, we have now taken the decision to close the Sauna & Steam Rooms.Usage of these facilities is low but the costs to run them are high – which makes it unviable to keep them open.
Any savings achieved through this measure we hope to see reinvested into the Centre in the future. We also hope that this can also help us work towards MHDCs goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.
What will happen with memberships during this time?
Fitness Memberships will run as usual with the Gym and Group Exercise Classes still scheduled to operate, but at a reduced level as mentioned above. Swim Memberships will be frozen during the extent of the works. Direct Debits will not be collected and Annual Swim Members will have the time added to their membership.
If you have any further questions you can speak to the membership team at the centre when we are open.
What will happen with Swimming Lessons?
Swimming Lessons will remain suspended for the extent of the works and direct debit payments will not be taken. Customers should not cancel their direct debit as we will be able to reactivate payments as soon as we open, and will ensure that places are not lost.
We will be reviewing the swimming lesson programme during closure to ensure we have the right sessions in place to meet demand.
Will the water slide be staying?
We will be having a new slide installed as part of the redevelopment as this is a key part of our family friendly pool.
Prior to closure in March we had a new wave machine installed. We have published some pictures, as seen on the website that show you the improvements to the teaching pool and beach area. More features will be added to these areas to make them more fun and interactive for smaller children.
Will the temperature in the pool be addressed?
Historically there are times where it feels quite cold. Work started week commencing 15th June to install new boilers which will help us maintain a more constant temperature. We are also having works completed in the pool plant room that will help here.
Being a leisure pool we do keep the pool warmer than most swimming pools at 29/30 degrees.
What will you be doing to improve cleanliness?
There is a feeling that not all customers follow the ‘no shoes’ policy in the changing areas. The project itself will be focused on a design to make the area easier to clean and maintain making the cleaning regime much more effective.
The swimming pool redevelopment is a project based on customer feedback and comments received over the last few years. Our hope is that all our customers will help us maintain the standards after we open to ensure a quality experience for everyone.
What is the timeline for works?
Given the move to bring the redevelopment forward we do have a revised schedule. We have had contractors on site for much of June for the tender. This process will finish at the end of June and contractors will be appointed in July with works commencing end of August. The aim is to have the swimming pool open again in January 2021.
To keep up to date with all the latest developments please ensure that you have registered with us at Malvern Splash, provided an email and opted in to receive our communications. You can do this at reception. We will be sending out regular emails to all customers to ensure they have all the relevant information.