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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:18am

A crane lowers a large black container like box into a concrete housing watched by a man in hard hat and high vis jacketThe Selwyn Aquatic Centre expansion took another step with the installation of the pool filter for the new 10-lane, 25-metre pool.

The five tonne Natare vacuum sand filter was installed by crane last week. The state-of-the-art filter will be filled with up to eight tonnes of sand. Its design means it takes up less space, requires less construction work than other filter systems, is cheaper to maintain, saves water and is easier to access and repair.

Aquatic Facilities Manager James Richmond says the basic structure of the pool is now in place with the walls of the pool also nearing completion. The construction team will now install the pipe work to connect up the filtration system, and preparing to start work on the building which will surround the pool.

Construction is on track for the new pool to open at the end of the year, he says. The new pool will more than double the current lane capacity at the aquatic centre and accommodate increasing demand from aquafitness, casual swimming, learn to swim and other deep water activities.

There will also be additional changing rooms, including five new family changing rooms, along with extra foyer and administration space and the option for a possible café in the future.