A popular Aberdeen swimming pool plagued by problems and forced to close is to be given a multi-million pound revamp, the Evening Express can reveal today.
Fears were raised after Northfield Swimming Pool was closed until further notice after specialists failed to fix “recurring and significant” technical and electrical problems.
Sport Aberdeen, which runs the facility, and Aberdeen City Council today said “significant investment” has been set aside in the recent budget for the 25-metre community pool, which is the base for the city’s Aberdeen Dolphin Swimming Club.
The money – estimated to be around £3 million shared equally by the council and Sport Aberdeen – will also pay for a sport and wellness hub.
Councillor Gordon Graham, vice-convener of the Aberdeen City Council city growth and resources committee, said: “When the 2018/19 budget was set on March 6 the council committed to significant investment in the refurbishment and expansion of the Northfield Swimming Pool complex.
“This multi-million pound project will enable essential upgrades to the pool infrastructure but also fund enhancements including a health and fitness gym, providing additional capacity and building on the centre’s role in the community and as a vital sports facility for the city as a whole.
“Health and wellbeing is a key priority for Aberdeen City Council and we are delighted to be demonstrating that through this investment and our partnership working with Sport Aberdeen.”
Chairman at Sport Aberdeen Colin Taylor said he was “delighted” to be working with the city council.
He added: “Our joint investment will secure the centre’s long-term future as well as creating a first-class, dynamic, sport and wellness hub to sit alongside the 3G all-weather pitch.
“It also delivers another key priority set within the city’s Sports Facilities Strategy and reinforced Sport Aberdeen’s commitment to creating opportunities, inspiring people and changing lives through sport and physical activity, while continually investing in the local community.”
Councillor Ciaran McRae, who represents the Northfield/ Mastrick North ward, said: “It’s good to see the swimming pool allocated money for the refurbishment and upgrades that it needs. And I think it comes as a relief for those that use the pool.”
A Sport Aberdeen spokeswoman said there is not yet a timescale for when the work will get under way or how long it will take.
She added: “Discussions regarding plans for the refurbishment have commenced and there is an extensive work plan to pull together.”