STAGE ONE of the £13.7m project to make Northwich Memorial Court the premier culture and leisure centre in the east of the Borough is now underway.
The finished project will provide a 25 metre swimming pool, flume, spa, 80-station gym and dance studio.
Other features that the scheme will provide include a moveable floor which can increase the depth of the learner pool to make its use more flexible and accommodate additional swimmers.
For the first stage of the project teams of construction workers have laid the piling mattress on the Memorial Court made out of recycled crushed stone from the demolition of the Memorial Hall and Magistrates’ Court.
This recycled crushed stone holds the weight of the piling rig that will install 800 concrete columns to improve the strength of the building’s foundations.
Two culverts measuring three metres wide and three metres deep were unearthed, situated approximately under the line of the plaza, which separated the Memorial and Magistrates’ Court during the initial dig.
Branches, slit and debris were removed from the culverts as part of the preparation for the piling works as they were unsuitable to build on.
Councillor Stuart Parker, Executive Member for Culture and Economy, said: “From early next year, local residents will start to notice some real changes on site as this exciting development starts to take shape.”
The projet is aiming to be finished for 2015.