Olympia pool opening in Dundee delayed over construction problems

The opening of Dundee's new flagship swimming pool has been delayed for six months due to a variety of construction complications.

It is being built to replace the Olympia swimming pool due to be demolished to make way for the new V&A at Dundee museum.

The new pool will not open until the summer school holidays in 2013, more than six months after it was first scheduled to open.

Users of the pool have been told there will be a transitional period for the pool operators, Leisure and Culture Dundee to prepare the new building, fully test the plant, procedures and systems before opening to the public.

During the transitional period between the closure of the old facility and the opening of the new Olympia, swimmers will still be able to access facilities at Lochee Swimming Baths and the community pools at St Paul’s and Grove Academies.

In a statement the council said the opening date for the new Olympia has been delayed from spring to summer 2013 due to a variety of construction complications.

Ken Guild, leader of the administration, said: "I am looking forward to this impressive new leisure complex bringing swimming, fitness and health opportunities to people of all ages in the city.

"The Olympia is a superb addition to our leisure and sporting facilities in the city with its 50metre competition pool, wave pool, rapid river, dive pool, flumes and fitness suite.

"I am confident that the new Olympia will be enthusiastically welcomed by current and future generations of swimmers."

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