Corrosion-resistant bolts have been fitted to the glazed roof area of the Clickimin Leisure Complex – clearing the way for the swimming pool to reopen next month.
Shetland Recreational Trust yesterday confirmed the bolts, which had to be imported from America, had been successfully fitted meaning the scaffolding erected to allow this work to be carried out can be dismantled.
Following that, SRT staff will carry out a deep clean of the building and the pool will be re-filled.
It means the main pool, toddlers’ pool, river, flumes and health suite are scheduled to open as normal on 10th October, the first day of the October school holidays.
However, while cleaning is taking place, the building, including the cafe, soft play area and waterside suite, will be closed for three days – from Monday to Wednesday next week.
SRT general manager James Johnston said apologised for the closure but said he was delighted to confirm that the swimming pool will re-open ahead of schedule.
“We are sorry that it has taken so long to resolve the issue we had with the roof and thank our customers for their understanding and patience.
“Our contractors DITT and Access 2000 and our consultant engineers Mott MacDonald have done a fantastic job of resolving the issue with the bolts as quickly as they could given the difficulties of access to the roof area.”
The names of people who use the pool facilities in the first week after opening (until closing time on Friday 16th October) will be entered into a prize draw, with the winner being given a year-long Aqua subscription.
In the meantime, the extended hours at Scalloway Pool will continue. They will revert to normal after Friday 9th October.
A full October holiday activity programme will go ahead with details available from Thursday 1st October.
Bookings will be taken from 5th October for the next block of Learn to Swim lessons at Clickimin.