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06 Mar

Pool installation begins at Ponteland

Work on a flagship new sports and leisure complex in Ponteland is progressing rapidly and this week another milestone was reached with the start of the installation of the swimming pools.

In what is a mammoth logistical operation, the giant steel walls, which have been transported from Italy earlier this year, are to be fitted into a specially excavated and formed tank, which will house the 25-metre, 6 lane pool and an adjoining learner pool.

This week, project partners Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland met on site with principal contractors Kier Construction, to witness this significant milestone.

The multi-million pound sports and leisure complex forms part of a new Northumberland County Council funded education and leisure development on Callerton Lane. It will see the existing Ponteland leisure centre replaced with the fantastic new facility and two brand new school facilities.

Once the steel structures are secure, a membrane pool liner will be fitted after which the pool decks will be tiled.  A height adjustable floor to the main pool will be fitted before the pools are filled in June 2020.

At the new leisure complex residents will be able to enjoy a Clip n Climb wall, a soft play, a four court sports hall with indoor cricket nets, a 6 lane pool, learner pool and aqua play. There will also be a full spa experience along with food and beverage spaces, a library and a viewing terrace looking out over the cricket square.

A state of the art 100-station gym will feature designated exercise zones covering functional training, sports performance and strength.

There will also be outdoor sports fields, a multi-use games area and a full size 3G pitch which will be used by both the schools and the local community.

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