Accrington’s biggest swimming pool will close for 10 weeks from next week for a major refurbishment.
Hyndburn Leisure Centre will close the pool doors on Friday, November 11, until the New Year to carry out the work, which leisure bosses say will help bring the pool facility up to date and make it more energy efficient and cost effective.
including ‘learn to swim’, school and club swimmers - are being advised to use the Mercer Hall Leisure Centre in Great Harwood during the closure.
Hyndburn Leisure said all other facilities at the leisure centre off Henry Street in Church, including the gym, feelgood suite, sauna/steam, sports hall, squash courts, studios and 3G pitch, will remain open as usual throughout the duration of the works.
Steve Tanti, chief executive of Hyndburn Leisure, said the refurbishment is ‘fantastic news’.
He said: “The pool was built in the 1970s and we are aware that at the minute, it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing.
“However, it’s still used by thousands of swimmers every year and we are certain that this work will improve the experience of our swimmers, and hopefully attract some new ones.”
Bosses said the project includes emptying the pool and carrying out ‘essential refurbishment’ on the tiles and tank and replacing the white tiles around the pool with a new energy efficient ceiling.
The depth of the 10ft deep end former diving pool will also be reduced by half to accommodate a new range of water based exercises and reduce the pool’s carbon footprint.
The scheme is being funded by Hyndburn Borough Council and Hyndburn Leisure with a contribution from the Prospects Foundation after a successful application was made to the Windfall Fund.
Coun Ken Moss, the council’s portfolio holder for leisure, said: “This investment demonstrates the council’s commitment to providing leisure facilities for residents of Hyndburn. Hyndburn Leisure Centre is an extremely well-used facility.
“With an ever reducing grant from the Government we try to ensure that investment in our buildings offers some sort of “payback”.
“This scheme offers excellent energy efficiency measures, reducing Hyndburn Leisure’s long term spend on utilities and hopefully encouraging more people to use the facilities.”