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March 29, 2012

Thursday 29th March 2012 – Swimming Pool Development

Filed under: Swimming Pool Development @ 7:55 am

Is this really our school swimming pool? I ask myself this every time I walk up the steps from school to check that it is still looking as good as the last time I saw it! The new aluminium roof and cedar clad outer walls have completely transformed the look of the building and although it looks huge, it blends sympathetically into its wooded surroundings.

A new automatic glass sliding door welcomes you into the building. The changing rooms have been extended and completely refitted with light PVC walls, new showers and toilet facilities, baby changing units, new floors and suspended ceilings. A new changing room for disabled swimmers with shower and toilet facilities should help those who find some difficulty in using a regular changing room.

The pool hall itself is the same size as before but it has a new heating and ventilation system and the walls, roof and windows are now very well insulated bringing us well into the 21st century with our energy saving. The pool has a beautiful new liner with competition lane markings which help to warn swimmers that the end wall is in sight. The old slabs surrounding the pool have been covered with a non slip rubber chip finish that will let the water drain through it and be very comfortable to walk or sit on. The inside walls have been repaired and repainted and new lighting adorns the walls.

The old ‘boiler room’ has been transformed and enlarged. It now bristles with the latest swimming pool technology for heating, cleaning and circulating the water and air and it will take some time to fully understand its capabilities. This is why we will have a short commissioning period after the builders have finally left the site to make sure that all the equipment is running smoothly and efficiently before the pool is in use by our school swimmers, private hirers and our community users.

If everything continues as planned, the pool will be in use for our pupils from the beginning of May and our private swimming teacher hirers by Tuesday 8th May. The pool will be open for the public sessions organised by Bishop’s Waltham Community Swimming from Monday 11th June.  All public sessions will be on a ‘Pay as you Swim’ basis until the start of the new school year in September when membership will be available which will offer substantial savings for individuals and family groups who swim regularly. (Membership forms and opening times will be available at
the pool and school from May.)

Finally, we will be having a Grand Opening day on Saturday 23rd June with an Official Opening, a famous swimmer will take the plunge and swim against some of our own elite swimmers, there will be fun and family swimming for everyone, certificates to give out, BBQ food and TRUNX the ELEPHANT will be making a guest appearance. We hope to welcome many of the original group of people who organised the fundraising and building of the original pool in the 1970’s to this event and anyone who has been involved with keeping it open since then. We will be delighted to see you.

Look out for more details … we hope to see you at our pool very soon!

Gill Cooper
Bishop’s Waltham Junior School.


  1. Looks fantastic, it’s bee a long time coming. I can’t wait to see it Friday afternoon

      Andy Harris — March 29, 2012 @ 11:46 am

  2. Absolutely wonderful. Congratulations to everyone concerned in keeping the project on schedule, it looks fabulous.
    Jenny W

      Jenny Williams — March 31, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

  3. Not long now until the pool reopens. It really does look fantastic.

    Even I might go swimming!

      Mr Campbell — March 31, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  4. I can not wait untill it is ready

      Harry — April 18, 2012 @ 10:30 am

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