Austin Rawlinson Lifestyles to reopen following urgent works

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Austin Rawlinson Lifestyles Centre in Speke will reopen next week following £250,000 of urgent works.

The sports hall and gym will open its doors on Monday 16 September, and the swimming pool will be available to customers from Tuesday 17 September.

It follows a three-month renewal programme after surveys identified issues with:

• Electric distribution boards and main board
• Emergency lighting
• Ventilation systems
• Pool pumps
• Boiler systems
• Water heaters

Due to the age of the building, the work also included the safe removal of asbestos which was contained inside areas such as ceilings and light fittings. Lifestyles members who use the centre have received a three month freeze on their fees.

Meanwhile, work is getting under way on a £60,000 scheme to replace filters in the swimming pool at Park Road Lifestyles in Toxteth, which means it will be closed from Thursday 12 September for up to a month. Customers are advised to use the pool at Garston Lifestyles instead.

Work continues refurbishing the 50-metre pool at the Aquatics Centre in Wavertree, where £350,000 is being invested replacing pool tiles and fitting new lighting. Customers are able to use the 20-metre pool instead.

More information is available at www.liverpool.gov.uk/lifestyles.

Deputy Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “The contractors we are using have completed the essential work at Austin Rawlinson Lifestyles ahead of schedule, although there will be further remedial works taking place when the building has reopened.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank centre users for their patience and understanding as I know it is a much-loved facility that is popular with the local community.

“We are now moving on to carry out essential refurbishment work replacing the filters in the swimming pool at Park Road Lifestyles, which means the pool will be shut for around a month.

“We will keep people informed of progress on the pools at Park Road and the Aquatics Centre, and if there is any change or delay we will let them know.”