The Girvan swimming pool project is right on schedule with the building expected to be finished in late March 2017.
That’s what members of South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL), the community group tasked with delivering the project, will be told at the annual general meeting this week.
The new leisure centre will include a four-lane 25-metre long swimming pool, a gym with equipment that focuses on health and wellbeing, a soft play zone for toddlers and infants, two studio rooms and a café that will provide light snacks and drinks for users of what will be called The Quay Zone together with changing accommodation, office and reception facilities.
Chairman Ken Johnstone will bring members up to date at the meeting tonight (Wednesday, November 16) and reveal plans for the next six months.
Mr Johnstone said: “I am sure you will be aware of the practical progress being made with bringing The Quay Zone, our new leisure centre, into being.
“The centre is two thirds of the way through its construction schedule and the building is now wind and water tight. This means that Morrison Construction is able to crack on with the internal fit out without too much concern for the weather.
“Externally the next big step you will see will be the addition of the wooden cladding to give the building its outer protective coat. Internally all the dividing walls are now in place and work is progressing with the installation of the mechanical and electrical equipment needed to heat, light and ventilate the building as well as everything necessary to operate the swimming pool. The project is right on schedule and we are expecting the building to be finished in late March 2017.”
South Carrick Community Leisure has agreed in principle with South Ayrshire Council that it will assume responsibility for the day to day operation of The Quay Zone when the building work is complete.
Mr Johnstone added: “We are in the process of negotiation a 40-year lease and a Minute of Agreement that will see the council provide substantial annual financial support in return for our efforts to run the building and provide leisure services from it.
“As I am sure you will appreciate this is a significant challenge, but one we are keen to take on as it means that the future of The Quay Zone will rest very firmly in the hands of the Girvan and South Carrick community.”
The South Carrick Community Leisure Annual General Meeting is being held on 16th November at 7pm in the Community Centre in Dalrymple Street.