No roof for indoor pool

2015-11-24 12:20
Construction workers on site at the Retreat Swimming Pool which is expected to open in early December.

Construction workers on site at the Retreat Swimming Pool which is expected to open in early December.

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Retreat Swimming Pool is expected to open without a roof in the first week of December.
This is according to Belinda Walker, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for community services and special projects.
People’s Post previously reported that (“Summer Splash Promise”, 30 September) Retreat swimming pool construction is expected to be completed by the end of November.
This was stated amid concerns of residents about the continued delays.
The current cost of the project, including consultancy fees, amounts to roughly R7.4m (excluding VAT).
Walker says the City has had to make a difficult decision regarding the coming summer season.
“We do not want this pool not to be available to the community over summer, but due to the failure by the contractor to stick to their construction timelines, the roof for this pool will not be ready in time for the December holidays,” Walker says.
As a result, they have decided to appoint a contractor to ensure that the pool is safe and available for use by the beginning of December, although the roof structure will not be fully completed.
Walker explains that on inspection of the main structure, the consulting team noted that some work completed by the contractor did not meet the required standard of work as specified by the engineer.
The engineer issued the contractor with an instruction for repair works to the columns before the installation of the roof sheeting could commence. The roof cladding is still outstanding as well as some other work that needs to be completed once the roof cladding is in place.
“We have made every attempt to work with the contractor to complete construction of the Retreat swimming pool. However, due to ongoing non-performance over an extended period of time, we have decided to terminate the contract,” she says.
The process to appoint a new contractor to complete the project must follow the normal procurement process and the department is finalising this appointment.
This will mean that the enclosure of this pool will only be completed in the new year.
“The remaining work on the roof will commence again after the summer holidays. We feel that this way forward will best accommodate the requests from the community for use of the pool over summer, whilst still allowing sufficient time for the City and its professional team to be satisfied that the pool is safe for use,” she says.
Walker says extra cost was incurred relating to the slow progress of the contractor, but this cost is limited to the consultants appointed to monitor the implementation of the health and safety regulations on site as this appointment is done on a time basis.
“This cost has, however, been minimal and is compensated for by the penalties that are being levied on the contractor for the late completion of the works,” she says.
Ward councillor Kevin Southgate says he fully supports the City’s initiative to open the facility and is delighted that pool will open for the summer. “This will be a huge benefit to the community especially the children,” Southgate says.

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