Coral Reef to close for another six days after problems found in roofBy Hugh Fort
March 05, 2013
Coral Reef will be closed for an extra six days after problems were found in the roof.
Structural surveyors working on behalf on Bracknell Forest Council found there had been some movement in the trusses in the leisure complex's roof that needed correcting.
As a result, the council took the immediate decision to have the repair work to strengthen the roof, which will mean the work will be finished on Wednesday, March 20.
The council hopes the pool will re-open on Good Friday (March 29).
Vincent Paliczka, director of Environment, Culture and Communities, said: “I would like to apologise to all our customers who have been unable to enjoy the pool and slides at Coral Reef while the repair works take place, but their safety is of paramount importance to the council.
“Once it was identified that there was the possibility that the complex roof structure may not be functioning properly, there was no question that the council would allow anyone to swim underneath it while we remained uncertain about its integrity.”
“The repairs fall into two parts. The current work will fit galvanised steel collars around the main supporting trusses, and tie rods will fully stabilise the roof structure.
“The work is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, March 20, and following this we require time for checks to be made and the pool to be recommissioned. If everything goes to plan, the swimming pool at Coral Reef will re-open for Good Friday.
"To take full advantage of these major repairs to extend the life of the roof structure even further, similar galvanised steel collars will be fitted to other parts of the roof in November this year, although it should be stressed these joints are not giving cause for concern.”
"These repairs are a permanent and long term solution and will ensure that Coral Reef can provide fun and excitement to children of all ages for many years to come."
Despite the pool being closed, the Sauna World area of the centre is still open.
Bracknell Forest Council estmiates the loss of income from the closure will be around £440,000, which is in addition to the £90,000 spent on the repairs.
The 37 staff at the centre have been working in the other parts of the site or have been deployed at other leisure facilities around Bracknell Forest.
As well as the roof repairs, the work also includes essential maintenance, tidying, cleaning and painting, including the underwater lights, electrics, pumps and pool features.
The Finnish sauna has also been refurbished as well as repairing and retiling the shower area, adding a toddlers' slide to the pirate ship and replacing two of the slides in the toddlers' pool.
For more information call (01344) 454 203 or visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/be for further opening times