Chris Jamieson, of Win Constructions, supervising the demolition of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.
Chris Jamieson, of Win Constructions, supervising the demolition of the Maryborough Aquatic Centre.

Demolition off to 'smashing' start

MARYBOROUGH'S pool demolition was off to a smashing start this week, after heavy machinery was bought in to make light work of the big task.

Pool tiles were flying everywhere yesterday, as truck after truck was filled with the remains of Maryborough's 50-year-old pool.

The demolition was the first stage in the $5.3 million makeover, which will see a brand new pool facility built by early September.

Win Constructions site foreman Chris Jamieson said an interesting approach had been used to remove the pool tiles and concrete.

"Obviously we need to have the excavator in the pool to do the hard work," he said.

"So we decided to make a ramp out of old bricks from the demolished buildings.

"Now the machine can get right down to the end of the pool and really do its job."

Mr Jamieson said while the demolition process was in full swing, there was still a lot of work to be done.

"We've only been working here for three weeks, there is still so much to do," Mr Jamieson said.

"After the old pool is out, we need to reshape the cavity to make room for the new structure.

"Overall the whole process should take about 12 months."

Only a few original features will remain at the new pool according to Mr Jamieson.

"The original pool sign and plaques will be cleaned and mounted at the new facility," he said.

"Apart from the 25-metre pool, that's really all that is staying behind."



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