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Pool revamp struggles to keep head above water

posted 10 Mar 2010, 04:46 by David Rintoul   [ updated 10 Mar 2010, 05:05 ]

The massive revamp of the Royal Commonwealth Pool is set to fall behind schedule and go over budget, it emerged today.

A new city council report has confirmed that contractors are still working on removing asbestos from the site of the pool. It said that the work is set to have an impact on both the refurbishment programme and the budget.

Council officials also confirmed that the overall cost of the Usher Hall revamp is set to exceed the current estimate of £38.7 million after a number of hitches.

Initial estimates indicated the Commonwealth Pool revamp – which will bring it up to standards required for it to host the diving competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games – would be finished by the end of June 2011 and cost £37m.