AT7 centre extension is going swimmingly.
A NEW swimming pool is set to make a splash after the top beam was placed on the PS7.5million extension of a Coventry leisure centre.
Coun Ed Ruane, Coventry City Council's cabinet member for sport, has taken the extension of Centre AT7 to its highest point ahead of its scheduled completion in August. The building extension includes a new 25-metre swimming pool, a splash pool and racing slides, along with a health suite featuring a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
Modifications will be made to existing buildings, managed by Coventry Sports Foundation (CSF) and owned by Coventry and Warwickshire Award Trust, to create function rooms and offices. A new 216-space car park at the site has already been built.
Construction company Willmott Dixon has been carrying out work on the site since June.
CSF manages Centre AT7, in North-East Coventry, as well as other sports facilities across the city.
Paul Breed, chief executive of CSF, was excited to see the pool's launch become a step closer with this latest milestone.
"We are really looking forward to unveiling these improvements to Centre AT7, particularly the new swimming pool," he said.
"The new facilities will be among the best in the city and it is fantastic to be able to offer these to the people of North-East Coventry.
"We have great experience in the management and development of high-quality sports facilities across the city and those at Centre AT7 will be of huge benefit to local families and swimming groups from around the city.
"We are really pleased that the work has progressed on schedule and can't wait to see the end results and share them with the public."
Coun Ed Ruane said: "I'm delighted to see this fantastic new facility taking shape. The building is going up at speed and once it is open I am sure it will be very popular.
"We are committed to ensuring that local people have access to top class facilities - whether they want to enjoy sport for recreation or competitively.
"I'm sure families will also enjoy the racing slides which will be great fun too."
Piecing it all together...Coun Ed Ruane, top, with, from left, David Moorcroft, director of Coventry & Warwickshire Award Trust, Alistair McIntosh, of Coventry Sports Foundation and Peter Dick of Coventry & Warwickshire Award Trust