After being proposed in 2002, Ashburton's Riverside Sports and Leisure Centre, at last has a design in place with construction to commence next year. The complex will feature four swimming pools, a 10 lane by 25 metre main pool, a 16 metre by 12 metre learn to swim pool, a warm water programme pool of the same size and a leisure pool divided into three sections to cater for a variety of ages. There is provision for a hydroslide to be added once the centre is established. Architects Warren and Mahoney undertook extensive community consultation to ensure the complex met everyone’s needs. The complex originally featured a weight room and viewing area that has since been removed to save nearly $3 million dollars. Mayor Angus McKay says some compromises were required no matter which option was chosen but he is confident the right choice has been made. Now that the final design has been signed off the council hopes to have the project consented and tendered by Christmas time.  Follow the final stages with us at J23420.

Source: Ashburton Guardian, 11 August 2012 (AG)


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