Excellent progress on construction of new pool and leisure centre

A PROGRESS report on the new Montrose swimming pool and leisure facility has been issued to the Review by two Montrose councillors after a site visit.

Mark Salmond and David May were shown around the new building which is now beginning to take shape down on Marine Avenue, accompanied by officers from the council’s property department.

Councillor May said: “I have watched the building take shape over the months but this was my first opportunity to see the inside.

“This is an outstanding design which is not only reflected on the outside but is carried inside through the impressive glass entrance area.”

Fellow Angus Alliance member, Councillor Salmond added: “The build has moved on significantly since my most recent visit in October last year, with most of the internal walls now in place and both pools having their concrete structures completed.

“The pools have been water tested and will be tiled in the near future.”

He continued: “We were shown the new fitness suite, which will provide double the area of the previous one. Once fitted out it will provide state of the art facilities for users.”

Councillor May added: “One of the most impressive parts of the design is the space in the building.

“The facilities will appeal to all ages and abilities, with special emphasis on features for disabled users.”

The councillors concluded: “We have worked together to deliver this £9 million investment by Angus Council which will create a 21st century leisure legacy for Montrose and provide excellent facilities to help encourage healthier lifestyles for Montrose and Angus citizens.”

Much of the fitness suite equipment is suitable for use wheelchair users, and there is a lift to the upper floor where the suite is situated. The suite will have an area of 250 square metres, compared to its predecessor’s 100.

There will be toilets on both floors.