Reef pool and recreation center nearing completion
The finishing touches are being put on Sheringham’s new £ 12.7million swimming pool and leisure center, called The Reef, which is set to open soon.
The main 25-meter pool was filled, a process that took six days and over 400 cubic meters of water.
Virginia Gay, North Norfolk District Council Recreation, Wellness and Culture Portfolio Holder, said: “We are very excited – this is a big step forward to share a truly innovative and extensive facility with the people of North Norfolk.
“The swimming pool, as well as the learning pool and the paddling pool, will offer a multitude of activities, from serious swimming to aquagym lessons and inflatable sessions for children.
“With all the attention paid to accessibility, it has so much to offer and I’m happy that we can help everyone enjoy swimming.”
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The contractors also performed final tests on the centre’s external thermal solar panels, which, along with other heating methods, will be used to keep the pool water at a comfortable temperature.
The Reef’s 60-station gym has been fitted out and a smaller pool will have a floating floor, meaning its depth can be changed for different activities such as swimming lessons, water confidence, workouts. for toddlers and aquafitness exercise classes.
The Reef pool, which will replace the old Splash facility, will be accessed by shallow steps with a handrail and there will be a ‘pod pool’ for wheelchair users to enter the water.
Stuart Jardine, contract manager of Everyone Active, who will run the center, said: “There is a wide range of activities on offer, so all ages, abilities and interests are catered for and will make this site a great site. truly inclusive.
“The local community will get the center they deserve and it will be such an exciting day when the doors open. “
The center was originally scheduled to be operational in August, but there have been delays in procuring equipment and the board has yet to confirm its opening date.
The NNDC has already been the subject of criticism as The Reef does not include a wave machine, slides or ‘beach’ style shallow end, all popular features of the old Splash Leisure Center that The Reef replaces. .