Update. The new local wellbeing centre will have a roof by next week, if weather allows.
A milestone in the $12 million project, the completion of the roofing was delayed by wild weather conditions at the start of the week.
The roofing over the pool is lined with specialist insulation allowing for heating efficiency and requires a specialist vacuum attachment for the crane to hoist the panels into place. The machine was imported from the mainland especially for the job.
Once the roof is fitted, contractors Stubbs Constructions will begin to fit out the facility with plastering and tiling.
The $12 million project is jointly funded with $3.8M from the Australian government, $3.5M from the Tasmanian government and funding from Circular Head Council completing the remaining $4.7M.
The facility will include a six-lane 25 metre pool, three-lane six by 12.5 metre program pool and aquatic play area as well as multipurpose program space.
More than 500 cubic metres of concrete have been used in the construction of the swimming pool as well as a further 400 cubic metres throughout the facility.
“The pool engineers have placed a high standard on the construction of this facility,” Neville Hills says, site supervisor with Stubbs Constructions.
“This is a serious structure which has been built to last.”
The structural integrity of the aquatic centre was confirmed with testing in May before construction on the roof’s timber portals began in September.
The project was originally forecast to be completed by Christmas however weather conditions in recent months, and the replacement of a faulty building component, delayed the project into the new year. A finish date will be reviewed by Circular Head Council and Stubbs Constructions after the completion of the roof.