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Shipley Pool set to be closed for 3-month makeover
The building will be fitted with solar panels, double glazing, insulation, new LED lighting and replacement boilers in an £878,000 project designed to make it more energy-efficient.
While the work takes place, all facilities will be temporarily closed to the public – including its gym, whose £130,000 revamp was only unveiled in June.
The building will close on September 9 and is expected to re-open in early December.
Members of the gym will be able to transfer their membership to another one of Bradford Council’s gyms, and ClubActive members will be able to use the facilities at any of the Council’s gyms.
The energy-efficiency measures are being installed as part of Bradford Council’s ongoing ‘spend to save’ programme of investment in leisure and sporting facilities.
The measures are expected to reduce the facility’s energy demand by up to a quarter.
A spokesman said when the work is completed Shipley Pool would be a flagship example of energy efficiency in the district.
Councillor Andrew Thornton, executive member for sport and leisure, said: “This work will help to secure Shipley Pool’s long-term future and will make the facility a beacon of energy efficiency.”
Visits to swimming pools across the district may have sunk by more than 150,000 within two years, but Shipley Pool was Bradford district’s busiest pool last year with 231,695 visits.
It is gaining a reputation as the district’s flagship pool and is used by swimmers from the City of Bradford Swimming Club and Bradford Swimming Club, while the diving pool with its 5m board is used by the Esprit Diving Squad.
In the past year, its number of swimmers has risen by six per cent.
For more information about the availability of swimming lessons and gym memberships during the temporary closure, contact Shipley Pool on (01274) 437162.
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