A €6.5 million project to provide Loughlinstown Leisure Centre with a brand new swimming pool is currently underway in South County Dublin.
Work began on the project in October 2011 with the construction of a new extension to house the 25-metre swimming pool. The extension is being constructed using concrete foundations with a timber roof, aluminium windows and a brick finish. As well as housing the five-lane swimming pool, the extension will also incorporate village changing rooms and a small spectator area.
Green features of the new extension include a combined heat and power (CHP) plant and photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof.
To integrate the extension with the existing building, a new reception foyer will also be constructed at the front of the facility. In order to accommodate the ongoing running of the Leisure Centre, a temporary reception area has been installed at the facility so that the site can remain fully operational until the new foyer is finished.
To complete the project, three synthetic playing pitches and associated floodlighting are being constructed and Loughlinstown Leisure Centre’s car park will also receive an upgrade to extend provisions and make the car park fully DDA compliant.
The project has been part-funded by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. Main contractor for the project is PJ Hegarty & Sons Construction and the architect is Simon J Kelly + Partners architects.
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Rory O’Sullivan, said:
“Work is currently on time and on schedule and so far we’ve not encountered any major difficulties with the project. So far the synthetic pitches have been completed and are already being used by the public and we will shortly be installing the roof on the new extension.”
Rory O’Sullivan added:
“This project is very important for Loughlinstown Leisure Centre as it’s the first time the facility has had a swimming pool. Once we have completed this project a large proportion of the Leisure Centre’s income will come from local schools attending the site for swimming lessons and this will benefit the facility greatly.
“The inclusion of the pool at Loughlinstown Leisure Centre is a major development for the local community and will add to the existing facilities that the Centre already has to offer.”
Work on Loughlinstown Leisure Centre is due to be completed in December 2012.