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Laying the groundwork

Work on the region’s new pool complex at Churchill Park resumed in the middle of last week after a three-week delay due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

“Led by design and build company Apollo Projects Ltd, the team say they were glad to be back on the new Kiwa Pools site,” a Gisborne District Council spokeswoman said.

“Having already completed ground testing, contractors have now started ground remediation work.

“Contractors have demolished the Churchill Park campground kitchen and toilets with useful items from the buildings repurposed.”

The cabin block has been shifted and is being used as a site office.

The $46 million project will include a 50-metre-by-20-metre multi-use pool with movable floor, leisure and toddler pool, learn-to-swim/hydrotherapy pool, indoor change rooms, administration and office facilities, pool plant, service areas, carpark and associated landscaping.

DEMOLITION: The Churchill Park campground kitchen is bowled as work resumes on the $46 million Kiwa Pools project to replace much of the Olympic Pools Complex, which opened in 1974. Picture by Liam Clayton