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Groundbreaking ceremony takes place for Dagenham’s 50-metre swimming pool

PUBLISHED: 17:45 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 18:08 18 October 2017

Groundbreaking ceremony. Picture: Andrew Baker

Groundbreaking ceremony. Picture: Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker

Work began today on the £2 million 50-metre swimming pool at Dagenham’s Becontree Leisure Centre.

The pool is scheduled to for completion in late summer 2018 and will be one of only six 50-metre pools in London.

It will be a modular pool, meaning it will be sat above the ground rather than built into it. This reduces building costs and construction time.

The pool will be built in addition to the centre’s existing swimming pool. In November, more than £370,000 will also be spent on the fitness suite.

Council leader Darren Rodwell said: “This is a win for everybody, most importantly our residents, and is a perfect example of partnership at work. This will not only see an improved swimming offer in the borough, but also the first of our many planned energy centres for B&D Energy.”

The project is being funded by Everyone Active and Barking and Dagenham Council and will be built by Total Swimming.

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