A structural survey is being carried out on North Devon Leisure Centre ahead of a potential full refurbishment of the building by North Devon Council. Engineers Craddy Pitchers Davidson will be on site for three days from May 11-13 undertaking a full su
A structural survey is being carried out on North Devon Leisure Centre ahead of a potential full refurbishment of the building by North Devon Council. Engineers Craddy Pitchers Davidson will be on site for three days from May 11-13 undertaking a full survey of the building, including its pool, changing areas and gyms.Short periods of disruption are expected during the three days, including brief closures of the pool. Managers of the leisure centre, Parkwood Leisure, will be working closely with the engineers to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum and only takes place during quiet times.Tests will include checking the thickness and structure of the pool tank and taking core samples of concrete from the main structure for analysis.Mark Kentell, Leisure and Health Officer for North Devon Council, said: "We're hoping that the survey results will be favourable and allow us to proceed with an exciting programme of refurbishment. "Although our leisure centre is getting on in years now, it still provides an excellent range of facilities and plays host to a huge number of local community sports clubs. "One of our priorities will be to prolong the life of the existing facilities and protect the interests of existing clubs. At the same time we hope to modernise and update these facilities and encourage even more people in the district to get physically active and use their local centre."Earlier in the year the Council's Executive took the tough decision to refurbish the current leisure centre (now almost 35 years old), after deciding it would be too expensive to build a new centre.The refurbishment is likely to cost in the region of £5 million and will be undertaken alongside other development projects planned for Seven Brethren. If an energy from waste plant is approved, it is hoped to use the heat generated from waste disposal to heat the swimming pool.The results of the survey are due back in June, after which the council will draw up designs for the improvements, which could extend the life of the leisure centre for a further 20 years.