Ripon’s new swimming pool will open on December 8, Harrogate Borough Council announced today.
The new facility on Dallamires Lane will include a six-lane 25-metre pool, sauna suite and electric car charging points.
An AngelEye pool safety system using underwater cameras will help lifeguards detect whether swimmers are in danger or drowning.
Ripon Spa Baths will close on Sunday November 7 so staff can be transferred across to the new facility and receive training ahead of the opening.
Mark Tweedie, managing director of Brimhams Active, the council’s new arms-length leisure company that will run the pool, said:
“This amazing new facility will provide residents with local access to great swimming experiences for a generation to come.
“I’d like to thank Harrogate Borough Council for their bold and brave vision to provide unprecedented levels of investment into leisure and wellbeing across the district.”
Conservative councillor Stanley Lumley, the council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, and chair of Brimhams Active, added:
“The addition of the new swimming pool is a major development for Ripon and the surrounding area and I’m delighted to announce that it will be officially opened this December.”
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£3m over budget
The Stray Ferret revealed that the new pool is more than £3 million pounds over budget.
The running total for the scheme is now in excess of £13.5 million and that figure is likely to increase.
There has also been growing concern over the project after a ‘void’ was discovered while digging foundations at the entrance of the leisure centre.