WORK has been completed on the new £22 million leisure centre in Helensburgh.

The facility was handed over by main contractor, Heron Bros Ltd, in early August ahead of LiveArgyll preparing to run the new site.

As reported previously by the Advertiser, swimmers in Helensburgh will be without a pool for nearly a month, with the existing facility closing on August 5 and the new centre not opening its doors to the public until September 3.

However, the new car park will be available to use from Monday, August 8, during which time the current car park will close to allow for the safe demolition of the existing swimming pool.

Councillor Gary Mulvaney, policy lead for commercial services, said: “Work on the waterfront development started almost two years ago to the day, amidst a global pandemic. Businesses were experiencing staff shortages due to Covid, people were on furlough, and building materials were in short supply.

“Despite these challenges, the council’s project team and contractors worked tirelessly to complete the leisure centre within the original timescale, many doing so while working remotely. This really is a fantastic achievement and one from which that the local community and visitors will soon be able to reap the awards.

“It is great that the new car park will open on Monday too. This is another welcome addition to the town centre that will boost the local community for years to come. Congratulations to everyone involved.”

New parking

The new car park has 190 spaces, which will be free to use for the first three months, and includes electrical vehicle charging, a bus drop-off, bike parking and a cycle repair station. It is due to be extended once the existing pool is removed.

While the existing facilities are closed, LiveArgyll’s fitness class programme will continue to operate from the Victoria Halls.