City council is spending more than a quarter of a million pounds in the next 18 months to
update the citys swimming pool and sports centre. Improvements given the go ahead
include a £56,000 revamp of the Fairfax Streets reception area.
A further £80,000 will be spent on installing a new energy efficient heating system
and improvements to some of the fire escape routes.
A report before councillors said, in the future, the city council would hope to spend
more money to improve the facility, including completely re-tiling the main 50 metre pool
and giving the main pool changing rooms a facelift.
It said that some of the cash for long-term projects may have to come from English
Heritage and even the lottery.
The massive sports complex was built for the people in Coventry in 1966 and in many
cities such complexes have been demolished to make way for newer and more easy to maintain
But in Coventry, councillors hands are tied after the Secretary of State slapped
a preservation order on it, making the sports centre a Grade II listed building.
Inspectors said the 32-year-old baths were of historic and architectural significance.
It means the council is committed, long-term, to look after the ageing building.
A report before the councils Sports and Parks policy team listed the latest
repairs planned which came to £291,000. The cash will come from a central repair fund.
Among the improvements are plans for the reception which will include improved
security. The report said money will also be spent improving communications between
receptionists and customers and providing a warmer welcome to visitors to the centre.
Other schemes include repairs to the glass in the pools staircase, replacing the
fans which pump water around the 50 metre pool and repairs to the Centres squash