The big clean-up

Posted on 18 Nov 2022

Please note: this is an old article

It was published in November 2022, so the information may be out-of-date.

We hope this update provides an understanding of the current state of works and return.

We would again like to thank you for your patience, support and understanding as we work to re-open Aquamoves after the flood. We certainly appreciate that you are eager to access the facilities again and we are doing everything in our power to ensure you can return as soon as it is safe.

Unfortunately at this time due to fluctuating river and lake levels, we can’t guarantee that Tom Collins Drive will remain open for safe vehicle and pedestrian access to the centre. However please be assured we are monitoring the situation daily.

Gym and group fitness is ready to return!

We are looking forward to bringing back our gym and group fitness classes as soon as Tom Collins Drive is no longer at risk of flooding. The gym is squeaky clean and ready to go in anticipation and our instructors are looking forward to exercising with you all again. 

Indoor pools

While the main Aquamoves building was spared from flood water, the entire indoor pump well was inundated, causing damage to all pool water circulation pumps. As soon as we could gain access to drain the water – a process which took days, contractors were engaged to remove the pumps for drying and testing.

Currently we are waiting for the pumps to be returned, fitted and then tested under full operation. Once it has been established that all pumps are working, the pools will be brought back to temperature slowly so that damage is not caused to the pool tiles and concrete.

The indoor pools and our aquatic programming will then resume as soon as appropriate water temperature and quality is achieved.

Outdoor pools and Splash Park

The outdoor pool and Splash Park pumps, as well as the 50m pool gas boilers were also inundated with water which was almost three meters deep. We are also awaiting the return of these pumps and once they are proven to work under full operation, we will return water quality to standards and re-open the facilities.

Unfortunately the outdoor 50m pool remains full of dirty flood water at this time. The water logged ground around the pool means we are unable to drain it due to the risk of having the entire pool shell pop out of the ground. We will need to wait until the ground has dried out significantly before undertaking this work. 

Raymond West Building

The Raymond West building had approximately 60cm of flood water move through all rooms and despite efforts to protect these areas, sustained significant damage. The entire building has now been stripped back and is awaiting major restoration works.

Again, we really do appreciate your patience and support and look forward to welcoming you back to the centre soon.

The Aquamoves Team

The Aquamoves team have been busy over the past weeks cleaning and preparing the centre for a re-open.
The Aquamoves team have been busy over the past weeks cleaning and preparing the centre for a re-open.