Work has finally started on a huge revamped outdoor pool worth millions that is coming to Yorkshire.
Builders have announced that construction has begun on the project first announced last year that will fully rebuild a new lido in Yorkshire alongside a huge gym and fitness studio. The original lido closed over 30 years ago.
The project, which is worth £ 10.5m in total, is transforming Albert Avenue Pools in Hull, East Yorkshire. The new lido will be heated, as well as hosting kayak polo and competitive swimming events.
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Contractors expect the pool and leisure center will open to the public in summer 2023. As well as the water being temperature controlled, there will be grass areas for picnics and much nicer surfaces around the lido.
Albert Avenue Pools’ lido was a popular attraction in Yorkshire years ago. It will now be rebuilt to international standards, with a makeover for the two indoor pools also.
The finished complex will completely refurbish the existing building so it can host aerobic classes for the first time, as well as replacing all the systems such as heating and ventilation.
Councilor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council said: “It’s fantastic to see this project get underway – the final piece in our city-wide leisure investment puzzle. The jewel in the crown being the new lido which I already know will attract visitors from across the region.
He added: “Facilities like lidos are often something people think are the preserve of the middle class, this area has 60% of homes that are technically classed as being within a deprivation category.
“People in west Hull will have a fantastic international standard facility on their doorstep once the project is completed, it will be a short walk or bus ride for so many families.
“I’m really excited to see the lido completed in the summer of 203 and I’m sure it’ll be an attraction for the whole of Hull.”
Local contractors Hobson & Porter will do the work, while the transformation project is delivered by the council’s pre-procured framework, Hull Esteem Consortium LEP.
Gavin Barley, General Manager of Hull Esteem said: “Getting the green-light on such a multi-faceted project to transform Albert Avenue Pools is a huge deal for all parties involved and we’re delighted to be working with Hobson and Porter once again to improve an important leisure facility for the community.
“Forming part of Hull City Council’s £ 18.5 million investment into leisure facilities across the city, it will not only be a massive benefit to the local area once complete, but we’re sure it will become an attraction for those visiting our city.”
Richard Hunter, Managing Director for Hobson & Porter said: “We are excited to see works begin at Albert Avenue Pools after many months of hard work to design and develop the project.
“I was lucky enough to be involved in the last major refurbishment of the facility in the mid 90s, although it did not reflect the scale of the project we are delivering now.
“We can’t wait to get started on this exciting multi-phase project.”