Contracts pave way for delayed multimillion-pound leisure scheme

Contracts have been exchanged which will pave the way for two multimillion-pound swimming pools in Kenilworth.

Warwick District Council said that a background of inflation, archaeological investigation and supply chain issues in the construction industry have caused unforeseen delays to the project.

But now, following an extended period of re-costing, it has reached an agreement with AR Demolition to demolish the current facilities and with Kier to construct the new pools and adjoining amenities.

Warwick District Council’s portfolio holder for economy and culture, Cllr Liam Bartlett, said: “Whilst we regret the delay in starting work, it was crucial that we did not compromise on the quality or value for money to council taxpayers for these new facilities. I am therefore delighted to report that contracts are now signed, allowing us to provide the district’s residents with two wonderful swimming pools at Abbey Fields, with additional year-round pool space, sun-terrace and café, which is in keeping with its beautiful backdrop.

“It is my intention to offer local taxpayers as much transparency as possible over the revised project costs and will be providing a council committee with a comprehensive report at the earliest opportunity.”

The next stage of work will see demolition contractors on site, installing fencing and hoarding. The children’s playground and tennis courts will be closed during the works, although the play area will remain open at weekends for the entirety of the project.

The path from Bridge Street and the small footbridge next to the swimming pool will be closed during the work.

A temporary path is being created over the duck feeding platform in Abbey Fields to allow access from High Street to Abbey Hill, which will open when the hoarding is assembled, preventing any inconvenience to the public/park users.


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