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Demolition of old swimming pool gets underway

The demolition of Newry’s former swimming pool at Clanrye Avenue is to commence shortly, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has announced.

The contract for the work has been awarded to B Small Contracts Ltd and is expected to take around three months to complete.

The project will also include the demolition of the changing pavilion at Jennings Park.

Materials from the demolition works will be transported via Clanrye Avenue to recycling and disposal facilities. When the site has been cleared it will be developed as an additional car park to serve the adjacent new Newry Leisure Centre.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick says the move marks the end of an era for locals: “Many residents will be sad to see the old swimming pool demolished, as it had enabled the local people of the district, as well as thousands of visitors, to enjoy swimming over the many years since its opening in 1969.”

Work on the site will be closely supervised and managed in order to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid nuisance or inconvenience to residents living in the vicinity of the site. Safe access will be maintained along the existing access road for the public using Newry Leisure Centre and Jennings Park playing fields, as well as for the emergency services.

Eamon McManus Capital Project Manager NMDDC, Brendan Small B. Small Demolition, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Gillian Fitzpatrick, Liam Hannaway Chief Executive Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Terry Hamilton from Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects at the site of the Old Newry Swimming Pool announce that works to remove it will commence shortly.

Commenting on the continued development of the Leisure Centre, Councillor Fitzpatrick said the Phase 2 development of the complex is well underway.

“The main facilities in the second phase will include an eight court sports hall, a four court sports hall, state of the art gym, class and spinning studios, multipurpose rooms, squash and handball facilities, cafe, soft play and a birthday room. The new centre will be an important part of our district for the years to come,” she said.

At an approximate cost of £10million, Phase 2 will complement the impressive swimming pool facility which opened in April last year at a cost of £9 million, and is expected to be complete and operational by mid-2017.