Boost for swimming pool facilities across Reading

Further investment in Reading’s swimming pool facilities gets underway at the beginning of July, starting with improvements to the changing facilities at Meadway Sports Centre.

This is all part of our £40 million investment in modern leisure facilities across the town which includes delivering fantastic new pools and improvements to our existing swimming facilities to ensure everyone across Reading has access to good quality, accessible swimming facilities.

From the 3 July the swimming pool changing rooms at Meadway Sports Centre will be undergoing significant refurbishment works, including brand new accessible changing facilities.

As well as the accessible changing facility, improvements will include new showers, flooring, cubicles and lockers.

Use of the Meadway pool is unaffected by the work and temporary changing facilities will be available to the front of the building. During this time swimmers are asked to arrive at the centre 'beach ready' to avoid overcrowding. The work is expected to last for three months until the beginning of October.

The new Rivermead leisure centre opens on the 17 July. From the 14 July, the demountable swimming pool at Rivermead will be temporarily unavailable while GLL undertake essential works to incorporate the pool building into the new leisure centre and give the facilities a deep clean. The pool will back in use by the new academic year in September.

Rivermead’s new swimming pools - a 25m 8 lane competition pool and a teaching & diving pool, alongside splash pad for younger users - will open in summer 2024.

Over at South Reading Leisure Centre, work to completely refurbish the existing swimming pool will begin from the first week in September. To enable the work, the pool will be closed for six months, reopening in the new year. These works have been scheduled after the works to the Rivermead demountable to give South Reading centre users the option of swimming at Rivermead as well as at Meadway and the new community pool at Palmer Park.

GLL, who run Reading’s leisure facilities on behalf of the Council, will be in contact with all centre users to ensure they are aware in good time of any changes to swimming sessions.

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Last updated on 27/06/2023