Pool proposed for city centre

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Last updated 15:37 23/11/2012

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A new swimming pool could be built on the fringes of Christchurch's city centre if the Aquagym Swim Centre gets approval to expand its facilities.

The private Cashel St pool is seeking resource consent to build a new learners' swimming pool, reception area and car-park facilities so that it can cater for the growing number of people looking for somewhere to learn to swim.

With Centennial Pool and the QEII pool out of action, the demand for Aquagym's facilities has increased and it now runs the largest learn to swim and training operation in the city.

Under its proposal it will extend its complex through to Hereford St and construct a 20 metre by 30m learners' pool in a new building that will also house a refurbished shop/reception area, waiting area and amenities block.

An old house on Hereford St will have to be knocked down for the proposed development to go ahead.

Aquagym owner Brett Naylor said with so many school pools and public pools out of action the city needed another learners' pool.

If the council granted resource consent he hoped builders could start on the new pool in April and have it ready for use by the end of next year.

The costs of the project were still being negotiated, Naylor said.

Aquagym's resource consent application will be considered by a council hearings panel on Tuesday.

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