“SIGNIFICANT progress” has been made at the new waterfront recreation center in Helensburgh, according to a senior advisor from Argyll and Bute.
All glazing and flood defenses are now complete at the site of the new facility, which is being built by Northern Ireland-based Heron Bros. and is expected to open in August 2022.
The main pool tank and the studio pool have also been filled with water and passed pre-tiling tests, while work on the parking lot and public domain is well underway.
The details are revealed in an update from Helensburgh central adviser Gary Mulvaney, who is also the authority’s policy manager for strategic finance and major projects.
In her report, Cllr Mulvaney said, âHeron Bros. has continued to make significant progress against their contract program and the project currently remains on schedule and on budget.
“Mechanical and electrical installations are progressing at a sustained rate throughout the building, including on the ground floor of the fitting village, reception, technical room, sports hall, fitness rooms , sauna, hammam etc.
âThe walls from Lomond Stone to the bin store, electrical substation and retaining walls are complete.
âWork on the site access road (junction with Tower Place resident parking access) is nearing completion.
âThis work was initially scheduled in phase 2 (September 2022) once the work on the new leisure center, car park and public domain (phase 1) was completed and inaugurated in August 2022.
âHowever, the curbs and granite pavers purchased several years ago by the council from contractor CHORD are being used as much as possible in the public areas of the project.
“This has opened up the possibility of bringing this work forward by 12 months, undertaking the work now would be less intrusive and disruptive to the city, than the date originally scheduled later when the recreation center and phase 1 are fully open to the public. ”
Councilor Mulvaney then listed several activities that are progressing “at a rate” on the new recreation center.
However, it reiterated its previous warning that some challenges could arise in the months leading up to its scheduled opening.
He added: âAlthough the project has made significant progress to date, it is being implemented amid a global pandemic. Currently, it remains within the program and budget.
“However, the project management team recognizes that issues of a business nature are likely to arise given the size and scale of this large, complex investment project, and we continue to work closely with all parties. to mitigate and minimize their potential impact on the delivery of the work.