Wednesday 12 February at Forest Hill Pools
Monday evenings at Forest Hill Pool
Sunday 17 February, 10.30am – 5.30pm at Forest Hill Pools
Saturday 15 December, Forest Hill Pools
Thousands attend opening day events
Sat 22 Sept, Forest Hill Pools, Dartmouth Road SE23
Forest Hill Pools on target to open in September 2012
Message from Helen Ferguson, Project Manager, Programme manager and Property at LBL:
Willmott Dixon Construction have been on site at Dartmouth Road for just over 2 months and in that time they have made a great start to the programme:
- The first few weeks were dedicated to enabling works, which included extending the hoarding line, carrying out remedial works to Louise House, setting up welfare facilities for the staff
- We received approval for all pre-commencement conditions from Lewisham Planning Department, which allowed Willmott Dixon to commence building works.
- Construction work began in early February with ground excavation and levelling; using crushed material from the demolition of the pool halls to form a ‘piling mat’, a temporary surface to carry the weight of heavy machinery such as the piling rig.
- To date Willmott Dixon have excavated and removed approximately 2,500m3 of soil, to be re-used on another site, and are currently carrying out piling works (piling 22 metres below ground level), in preparation for the new building’s foundations.
The start of building work on the new Forest Hill pool site was officially marked on 21 February by a ground breaking ceremony carried out by the Lewisham Mayor, Clllr Chris Best and Mark Tant MD of the Willmott Dixon Construction Group.
Willmott Dixon has already commenced work on the new pool and leisure centre in Dartmouth Road at the beginning of January. For more details see:
Builders Willmott Dixon reported to the Forest Hill Pools Stakeholder meeting on the 9th December that they hope to commence work on the new pool and leisure centre in Dartmouth Road on the 4th January. Build time would be 68 weeks – so locals could be using the centre by September 2012 if all goes well.
The presentation was by:
Operations Director: Jason Wellard
Construction Manager: Dominic Collins
Senior Project Surveyor: Simon Hawkins
Pre-Construction Manager: Mike Willcox
Willmott Dixon are the third largest privately owned construction company in the UK with over 2,600 employees and a 2009 construction turnover of £685m. The company has built over 100 pools in the last ten years and some of their recent local work includes the Eltham Leisure Centre, Hither Green Primary School, Crossways Academy and the new academic building at Goldsmith’s College. Willmott Dixon are the builders of the new housing complex at Bell Green. The company has won the 2010 Wrap Award for Sustainable construction. Jonathan Porritt is a non-executive director of the company.
The expected timetable at the pools:
Commence 4/1/11, building work complete 23/4/12 i.e. 68 weeks.
This will be broken down into:
4 weeks – Enabling work
24 weeks – Demolitions and alterations to existing building
18 weeks – Substructure works
18 weeks – Superstructure and envelope works
25 weeks – Pool plant installation
36 weeks – Finishes
42 weeks – Swimming pool fitting out and testing
30 weeks – External works and landscaping
Willmott Dixon intend to use the upstairs of Louise House as a site office during the build. A separate temporary building will house most of the workforce.
For more information about the new pool see: