Kirkcaldy's new pool moves a step closer and gets a new name!
Archived news: published on Wednesday 29 Aug 2012 by Fife Council
Ed Watson (left) and Cllr Neil Crooks with the construction team
Work on Kirkcaldy’s new state of the art swimming pool and leisure centre is already showing results.
Members of the Kirkcaldy Area Committee today (Wednesday) heard the exciting plans for the new multi-million pound facility for the town are continuing to progress on time and on budget.
Councillors also took the decision that the new building should be called Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre.
The steel structure of the building is now finished and the project remains on target for completion in May and will be open to the public in July.
Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre will bethe secondof three in Fife to be completed as part of the Future of Leisure programme.
The council is investing £55 million in the Future of Leisure projects which include the Carnegie Leisure Centre, which opened earlier this year, and a centre in Glenrothes too.
Area Committee Chair Neil Crooks paid a visit to the Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre site this week to inspect progress first hand.
He said: “The new building is really taking shape and the construction team are to be congratulated on meeting the challenges of producing this magnificent structure within such a tight building site. Since the steelwork arrived on site the building has risen like a phoenix from the foundations and it is looking fantastic. Local people can’t wait to see the fabric and cladding being added so the artists’ impressions become a reality on our foreshore.
“Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre will give the town a new sports and leisure centre which, along with a new swimming pool and training pool,will also include an array of indoor sports facilities, including a multi-purpose aerobics studio, a four-court sports hall, a fitness suite and café and I’m sure many will be looking forward to it opening its doors in July next year.”
Lewis Wilson, site manager with GRAHAM Construction, said: “The building is beginning to take shape with the structure of the upper floors now in place. We’ve started putting in the walls of the sports hall and the plant room is now fitted with its air handling units and filtration systems.
“The project is gathering pace and we’ll soon finish the cladding and roofing for the sports hall, taking the facility one step closer to completion.”
Fife Sports & Leisure Trust will manage and operate the Kirkcaldy Leisure Centre on behalf of the council.
Trust Chief Executive Ed Watson said: “Fife Sports and Leisure Trust continually strives to give all Fifers the best possible opportunities to enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle. We are proud and excited that Fife Council is entrusting our highly skilled and dedicated staff to help the Kirkcaldy community make the most of this superb facility.”
For more information contactCllr. Neil Crooks, Chair - Kirkcaldy Area Committee
Tel: 01592 891 478 Contact Neil Crooks online
By Post: Fife Council,
Andy MacLellan, Sports Partnership Manager
Tel: 08451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 69 29 Contact Andy MacLellan online
By Post: Fife Council, Bankhead Central, Bankhead Park, Glenrothes, KY7 6GH