Demolition works of the Gunnedah Memorial Pool renewal project are complete.
Following the official sod-turning ceremony on October 24, demolition of the existing pool has gone ahead to make way for the new $11.4 million pool facility.
Micheal Silver, contract project manager at Gunnedah Shire Council told the NVI that demolition works on the project are “right on schedule”.
“We are going really well and we’re certainly making solid progress,” Mr Silver said.
“We are hopeful that by the end of next week most of the remaining debris will be contained if not removed from the site.
“Then just prior to Christmas we’ll be looking at some of the civil construction work getting under way, drainage, storm water drainage and other drainage works to start to be installed.”
Mr Silver said any recyclable material from the previous facility will either be reused in the renewal project or recycled locally.
“At the moment most of the concrete will be used just to simply fill and that sort of thing,” he said.
“The steel will go to the recycling facility and the other debris within the site that can’t be recycled will simply be taken to a waste facility.”
Mr Silver said the project would take only a short break over the Christmas period.
“It will be a very short pause just over the Christmas to New Year period,” he said.
“We expect work to restart in the first week of January and at the point we will start to see some positive construction work commencing on the site.”
Mr Silver said the next stage of the project would be excavation.
“We are looking to start excavation just prior to Christmas in terms of the pool area,” he said.
“Then they’ll start the serious construction works early in the New Year.
“The excavation works will analyzing and undertaking the deepening and the widening of the void for the pool.
“The pool has to move about four metres to the west from where it is currently located and about five or six metres of widening on the southern side of the pool to be excavated out.”
Mr Silver said the contract completion date of October 16 2018 is still on schedule.
“Well the contract is October 16, that’s the extent of the contract, it’s a 52 week contract and that is where we will be at,” he said.
“That includes commissioning, it will be commissioned at that time and the intention is within the contract that it will be good to go effectively at that date.”