Olympia swimming and leisure complex to open in spring 2013

DUNDEE’S new Olympia swimming and leisure complex will be open to the public in time for the summer school holidays in 2013, it was announced today.

• The new building will replace the existing swimming pool

• There will be a transitional period for the pool operators to prepare the new building

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• During the transitional period swimmers will still have access to Lochee Swimming Baths

The new building, which will replace the existing swimming pool on the city’s waterfront, will be handed over to the city council in the late spring of next year by local construction company Mansell, together with an adjoining multi-storey car park.

Councillor Ken Guild, the 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.”

A council spokesman explained: “There will be a transitional period for the pool operators, Leisure and Culture Dundee to prepare the new building, fully test 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. “

He added: “The opening date for the new Olympia has been delayed from spring to summer 2013 due to a variety of construction complications.”