Major repairs have begun on the seaward side of Ladies’ Pool’s granite wall this week at La Vallette.
The work will unfortunately result in some periods of closure over the summer months.
Stoneworks will be undertaking the work on the pool wall and VidCon Ltd are the contractors for the refurbishment of the facilities. The total cost of the project will be in the region of £60,000.
The States have said every effort will be made to ensure that access to the pools is retained for the majority of time the works are taking place for, so that pool users are disrupted as little as possible. However due to the nature of the work, there will likely be a period of time where draining of the pool will be necessary.
Due to the dependency on tidal movements and the temperamental weather, only a small window of opportunity each day will be available for the work to proceed. That means, the work is expected to take six weeks to complete.
At the southern end of the pool, the railings will be removed prior to the commencement of the work, so access will not be permitted to either the walkway at that end of the pool or to the diving board until the works are completed.
Swimmers will have to remain within the pool area for the duration of the works due to scaffolding and the uneven edge of the platform wall being broken out.
Additional refurbishment work will be undertaken on the public toilets at Ladies’ Pool with temporary toilet facilities being provided on site.
The roof is set to be renewed and new installations are planned for automatic hand wash and driers, new flooring and new sanitary ware. These refurbishments are also expected to take six weeks to complete.
Since the building of the Ladies’ Pool in 1870, it has been severely impacted by rock falls and the weather, most notably by a storm which significantly damaged the walls in 2014.
All of the work at the pool is aiming to be completed by the beginning of the school summer holidays in July, however the timing will of course be largely dictated by the tides and the weather.
Careful consideration was given to starting the reparations and refurbishment in September later this year, however since the conditions are less reliable during the early autumn, this would lead to an increased risk of incurring damage to the pool wall.
The States apologise for the short-term inconvenience to users.
Once your comment has been submitted, it won’t appear immediately. There is no need to submit it more than once. Comments are published at the discretion of Bailiwick Publishing, and will include your username.
There are no comments for this article.