Stage one of the new £25m leisure centre in Craigavon has started with experts testing the ground conditions near the Watersports Centre.
A special geotechnical survey was carried out on the land recently at a cost of £9,595.
This survey is just the first stage of the major £25 million centre which is due for completion in 2015,
Craigavon Council said, “This was a Stage 1 Site Investigation Survey around the Watersports Centre to ascertain the existing ground conditions and the extent of existing gas and water table which will inform the development of a foundation strategy for the new facility.
“It involved drilling boreholes up to 20m in depth, excavation of trial pits at strategic locations as well as contamination testing, compaction testing and CBR tests. All of the findings of the survey are then provided in a detailed report which is issued to the design team.”
The new centre will include an eight-lane 50 metre pool, a separate learning pool and fun pool; a large multi-purpose sports hall; a large modern gym with health suite; squash courts; multi-use activity and meeting rooms; children’s soft play area; café and six five-a-side synthetic pitches outside.