Buller District Council

Media Statement – Reefton swimming pool project update

13th November, 2020

Work continues to refurbish the Reefton swimming pool.  Seismic strengthening work, roof cladding replacement, repairs to walls and ceiling linings are nearing completion in the changing rooms and office block.   New internal partitions, doors and fittings are currently being manufactured.  A local contractor has been engaged to plaster and paint the change rooms and office area following this strengthening and repair work.

There has been an unforeseen delay with the main shelter structure, due to significant rust damage being revealed once the shelter cladding was removed.  The structural engineer has instructed the Council’s contractor to enlarged repair work on the steel portals and in some areas, new steel elements are required.  The flow on effect is the new structural steel framing is unlikely to be sandblasted and galvanised before Christmas. Council is working closely with the main contractor and all suppliers to minimise delays and to advance elements of the upgrade work where possible. Until the structural steel main portal frames are available and reassembled, the recladding and fit-out of the new structure cannot progress. New aluminium doors and windows fabricated by local TRT Builders will be supplied and installed once the new steel framing is in place.

Industrial actions at Melbourne port has also affected the delivery of the new King Span insulated cladding, although the expected arrival of this product is still late November or early December. The Reefton project is one of many affected in New Zealand by this industrial action.

The unexpected delays will have an impact on the reopening date of the pool. Predictions are it is unlikely to reopen before the end of summer.

Council acknowledges the delays are regrettable and says it is working with Buller Holdings/Buller Recreation to come up with the best possible safe swimming options for the Reefton community.


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