Moorways swimming complex opening delayed until spring 2022

Storms earlier this year and the coronavirus pandemic have combined to affect the completion date for the new Moorways swimming complex.

A virtual meeting of Derby City Council’s regeneration and housing scrutiny board heard that instead of being completed at the end of 2021, it is now scheduled to be finished in spring 2022.

But the £42 million budget for the project is still on track, according to Claire Davenport, the council’s director of leisure, culture and tourism.

Together with Wayne Sills, area leisure centre manager, the pair had been invited to give a presentation on the project to the board.

Work started on the project in February this year, but Ms Davenport said that storms caused flooding and affected ground conditions at an early stage.

She said: “This contributed to the contractor Bowmer and Kirkland not being able to get on with the groundworks.”

She also conceded when questioned by board chair Councillor Sarah Russell that some delay had been caused by the national lockdown as part of the coronavirus pandemic, but denied the delay had caused the budget to be exceeded.

Ms Davenport added: “These factors resulted in a slowing down of the project and during the lockdown there could not be as many people on site.

“But we are still on target financially and the delays are wrapped up in the budget as a contingency, which is around £2 million or 5% of the budget.

“We are currently forecast to break even, but there is still 18 months of the contract to go, but despite the challenges of 2020 we are not overspent at this time.”

Mr Sills told the board that currently there are around 100 people working on the site and that the construction of the main access road was complete, the main road and car park were due to be surfaced and work on the 50m pool is underway.

He said: “We have been lucky to continue on site as well as we have. Had we been further down the project and doing more indoor work, then Covid-19 restrictions would have more impact on the schedule.

“We have achieved a lot on the site in a short space of time.”

Councillor Joanna West wanted to know why the project was now due for completion on spring 2022, when there were hoardings around the site saying it would be finished and open in 2020.

Ms Davenport said: “The project was redesigned and this led to an increase in cost and also a change of completion date to the end of 2021.”

When completed, the Moorways Sports Village, as it is called, will also have a learner pool, water park, gyms and fitness studios, soft play area, meeting rooms and a cafe.

The pool will feature England’s first WOW wave ball, two four-storey flumes, a wave rider and seating for 450 spectators, as well as for 300 competitors.

The ten-lane 50m x 25m pool can be divided into three 25m pools if needed using moving floors and walls.


Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News