Consett Swimming Pool reopens after UK-first repair project

Consett Swimming Pool has reopened to the public following the first repair project of its kind in the UK, delivered by ISG and led by our development partner Alliance Leisure.

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Pool at Consett Leisure Centre
The pool, which is located at Consett Leisure Centre, was closed for safety reasons for more than two years by Durham County Council, which became aware of significant technical issues when it took over the management of the centre in 2018.

The finishes to the pool tanks and surrounds were failing resulting in tiles cracking and coming away from the walls as well as significant leaks and water loss.

Consett Pool opened in 2015 following the development of a new academy and leisure centre. The original construction contractor, which would ordinarily be responsible for rectifying the issues, went into liquidation.

In 2021, the Council appointed Alliance Leisure under the UK Leisure Framework, which is managed by Denbighshire Leisure, to lead the remediation works with ISG and swimming pool engineers FT Leisure.

In a UK first, the entire main pool has been relined with a stainless steel tank using RenovAction technology from Myrtha Pools, which was prefabricated off-site. Installed on top of the existing tiles, the tank provides a complete waterproof solution and is more cost effective than replacing the tiles. New finishes were also applied to the centre’s smaller pool and splash play area.

Scheduled to take up to 12 months to complete owing to the extensive nature of the defects, the works were completed in just six months.

“The Consett Leisure Centre project presented an exciting opportunity to use Myrtha’s innovative RenovAction system to address existing defects within the existing pool tanks and across the pool surrounds. Our assembled team of designers and specialist suppliers, led by the ISG delivery team were able to overcome the many technical and logistical challenges presented by this unique project – the first of it’s kind in the UK. We are proud of the finished product which looks fantastic and provides first class facilities for Consett and the surrounding areas.”

Daniel Leigh, Senior Project Manager, ISG

ISG has now completed over 25 projects with Alliance Leisure and many of these schemes have been delivered using the UK Leisure Framework.

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