Council backs repairs of Waltham, Lyttelton pools
$8m bill to repair Waltham, Lyttelton poolsRACHEL YOUNG
Two earthquake-damaged pools and a recreation centre are likely to be fixed for more than $8 million, with at least $3.7m funded by the Christchurch City Council.
Councillors at the community, recreation and culture committee meeting today agreed that Waltham Pool, the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool (Lyttelton Pool) and the Lyttelton Recreation Centre should be repaired and improved, despite none having insurance claims settled.
All three facilities were closed indefinitely because of extensive quake damage.
The total cost to repair and improve all three facilities will be about $8.3m.
Once potential insurance proceeds of $4.5m are deducted, the cost to the council will be about $3.78m, with most coming from the building and infrastructure allowance and the balance from the capital governance pool.
The council would have to take on some degree of risk as proceeds from the insurance claims were not yet established, meaning the council may end up footing the total bill, recreation and sports unit manager John Filsell said.
However, he was confident the insurance claims would ultimately be settled.
"All three have been discussed in community circles and the result is unanimous support for the repair and replacement of these three assets," he said.
Engineers have confirmed the Waltham Pool is repairable.
Councillors agreed it should be repaired to 67 per cent of the new building standard (NBS) at a cost of $1.83m, and another $250,000 should be spent on improving it, including landscaping, shade sails and painting.
Another $400,000 has been earmarked for replacing and modernising the pool's water-treatment plant, including the boiler, filtration and circulation systems.
An insurance claim of $1.23m is being prepared and will be used to offset costs, but it has not been agreed to by the insurer yet.
Repairing the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool to 34 per cent of the NBS is estimated to cost $2.05m, but there is a risk that the existing foundations will not support the repaired structure.
It will cost about $2.65m to replace the facility to 100 per cent of the NBS and improve parts of it, including sun shading and increasing the size of the toddlers' pool.
Councillors agreed it was better to replace and improve the facility for $2.65m, with $954,424 expected to come from insurance and the balance of $1.7m to be paid by the council.
The Lyttelton Recreation Centre and Trinity Hall is repairable to 34 per cent of the NBS with the insured sum, but it is not possible to meet 67 per cent without significant ground improvement works at the council's cost, and this might be tantamount to full replacement.
If the council chooses to replace the facility, it is believed that only the indemnity insurance value of $1.66m would be available.
The total cost to the council for repair of the centre, after deducting estimated insurance proceeds, is about $826,500.
Councillors agreed that the building should be repaired to 67 per cent of the NBS, foundations to 34 per cent and improvements made.
Committee chairman Cr Yani Johanson said the facilities were important to their communities.
He said it was opportune to take the chance to improve the facilities when fixing them.
Cr Barry Corbett said getting the pools open was a priority for the city.
The committee agreed that despite none of the three facilities having reached a final insurance settlement, it would proceed with repairs so progress could be made.
It is hoped that both pools could be open for the 2014-15 summer season and the Lyttelton Recreation Centre be operating by mid-2014.
The committee's recommendation will go to the full council for a decision on September 12.
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