Construction of new swimming pool at the Dukeries Leisure Centre, Ollerton, is underway
Construction on a new swimming pool has started.
The 20metre by 10metre pool in Ollerton is part of a major investment programme in leisure facilities across the district.
Due to open in the summer of 2021, it aims to provide a much-needed boost to Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Dukeries Leisure Centre.
As well as the purpose-built pool, which has five lanes, the plans also include a reception area, unisex changing village, poolside storage and associated pool plant room.
Ollerton and Boughton is anticipated to see a 32% growth in population and the improvements seek to meet the rise in demand for leisure facilities.
The centre, which is run by the district council’s leisure company, Active4Today, is next to an area of land earmarked for a new housing development site.
More than 200 new homes are planned on land between Hallam Road and Stepnall Heights.
Roger Jackson, chairman of the council’s leisure and environment committee, said: “The council is forging ahead with its ambitious plans to create swimming opportunities for all, resulting in happier, healthier and safer communities.
“Ollerton and Boughton is the largest population centre in Sherwood and the previous leisure facilities simply would not accommodate the needs of the growing number of inhabitants. Our residents deserve and need a top class leisure facility.
“Swimming is an important skill to be taught from a young age and the new pool will ensure that the facility can be enjoyed for generations.”
Former GB Olympic swimmer, Mark Foster, of Total Swimming, one of the project partners, said it was great to see the council prioritise the health and well-being of residents.
The project was also supported by Sport England.