London Fields lido will reopen in ‘late summer’ after repair work hits a snag
- Credit: Archant
The London Fields lido will reopen in “late summer” after the urgent repair work taking place hit a snag.
The popular pool closed in April so the cracked tiles that had started to come away from the inside walls could be replaced.
It came after a long search for contractors, with work having been postponed late last year because town hall bosses couldn’t find anyone up to the job.
The project will also see the changing rooms and reception area renovated. Some have questioned why that isn’t done separately to speed things up during the busy summer period, but the council maintains if it were to do that the lido would have to be closed twice.
The repairs were initially due to be finished by “summer”, but that has now changed to “late summer”.
You may also want to watch:
Community services boss Cllr Jon Burke visited the pool yesterday to check on the progress.
He told the Gazette: “The works are progressing well. The pool tank tiles have been removed and work is underway to expose the pool slab before the re-tiling can start.
- 1 Covid cases drop in Hackney for the first time since May
- 2 From Shoreditch to Las Vegas: New bingo hall for Hackney
- 3 Crowdfunder for Prodigy's Keith Flint mural to raise mental health awareness
- 4 Tube strike suspended to allow for further talks
- 5 'Heads need to roll', says domestic violence campaigner after 'reckless' council data blunder
- 6 'It's like toilet', say Dalston residents who have had enough of broken locks, rats and scaffolding
- 7 All Points East: Radio 6 stage take-over plus more main stage acts
- 8 Hackney this weekend: A Jerk festival, bingo with a twist and more
- 9 Pastor Morris tribute: 'We don’t know what would have happened to us if it wasn’t for him'
- 10 Students earn scholarships at top schools worth £150,000
“This work has been slightly delayed by difficulties removing the material beneath the tiles.
“Additional workers have been brought in to complete the work to ensure the programme remains as close to schedule as possible.
“A canopy has been built over the pool so work can continue in the event of rain. To prepare for the construction of the new reception area and changing rooms, various walls and ceilings have been taken down and the floor slab is being dug out for new drainage.
“The original slab was constructed to a higher specification than anticipated and, as a result, diamond-tipped cutting equipment and a specialist excavator are being used to finish the job.
“Obviously, unforeseen challenges are an inherent part of the construction process but, where they have been encountered, are being dealt with in a timely fashion to remain as close as possible to our target of a later summer re-opening.”