March 24, 2015

Mt Albert pool to close for renovations

Mt Albert Aquatic Centre will be closed from 19 April 2015 for some much-needed renovations.

Works include repairs to the roof, exterior and interior walls, pools, water features, changing rooms, floor tiles, pumps, filters and electrical services.

“Upgrading the centre will ensure the facility is safe and operational for another five to ten years,” says Glenda Fryer, chair of Mt Albert Grammar School Community Swimming Pool Trust.

“There is increasing demand for leisure and fitness facilities in Auckland, so we need to make sure our facilities keep up with this need.”

The works are expected to take four months, though the 25m pool will be open earlier – about 20 July – to coincide with the beginning of school term three.

Leisure Manager Rob McGee foresees there will be minimal inconvenience for nearby or passing residents. “Contractors will do everything they can to minimise the impact on locals and the school. There will also be information on the Auckland Council website, and at the aquatic centre, showing people where the nearest alternative pool is.”

Opened in 1998, about 340,000 people visit the aquatic centre each year. It is used by Mt Albert Grammar School, swimming schools and the general public. Facilities include a 25m competition pool, leisure pool with a wave machine, hydro slide, spa pools, sauna and steam room.

The centre is owned by the Mt Albert Grammar School Community Swimming Pool Trust and managed by a third party contractor under the supervision of Auckland Council.