Bury Council invests in innovative pool solution

Total Swimming, in partnership with Bury Council, are excited to announce a UK-first – the construction of a £945k, 25m demountable above-ground swimming pool. 

Part of a wider scheme to bring a full range of accessible fitness facilities together on one site in Radcliffe in the Borough of Bury, the pool will be in place for at least three years. 

The scheme follows on from two other successful installations by temporary pool specialists, Total Swimming, at Bridlington Leisure World and Dumfries Ice Bowl.  

The new pool facility, located in the heart of the community and close to local transport links, opens its doors to the public on Saturday 13 June.  It is expected to attract thousands of visitors each year. 

A range of facilities have been built-in to the construction of the new pool.  These include male and female changing villages with shower, toilets and lockers as well as a spectator viewing area for around 40 people.

The demand for temporary pools by local authorities is growing as councils begin to recognise the opportunities these facilities can offer as a short or medium-term solution.  The pools provide an alternative solution for leisure centres and trusts during renovation projects where revenue streams can be severely dented through cancelled swimming lessons and clubs relocating to other facilities. Most importantly, for some local people the opening of temporary pools can prevent the loss of their main form of physical activity.

Bury Council spokesperson, Deputy Leader, Councillor Rishi Shori comments: “After the irreparable damage caused to the old pool by winter storms, we promised that we would create new facilities for the people of Radcliffe. 

“This is a great new pool at a really convenient location where we can also offer gym, sport and fitness facilities all on one site.   

“Although our long-term plan is to build a brand new permanent leisure centre on the site of the old one, it’s really important we continue to provide accessible fitness facilities to our residents.  I’m sure the people of Radcliffe will make the most of the pool and what Radcliffe Leisure Centre as a whole has to offer.” 


Fact File

Project Cost: £945,000.00

Build Duration: 14 WEEKS

Pool Size: 25m x 8m x 1.2m

Overall Footprint: 18m x 30m (540m²)

Water Capacity: 240,000 litres

Lifespan of Facility: up to 15 years