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Carnival pool and fitness centre demolition to start this month

Wednesday 15th April, 2020

Wokingham Borough Council has brought forward the demolition of the Carnival Pool and Fitness Centre. Demolition will start on 20 April.

The borough council announced in March that the centre would close in May to allow work to start on the new Carnival complex featuring a new larger leisure centre and library. However, the centre is currently closed due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Demolition work will be carried out on behalf of the council by J Mould and it will adhere with the latest advice from Public Health England and the government. Teams working on site will follow the advice from the Construction Leadership Council, including working with required social distancing, as well as following guidance on site access, handwashing, cleaning and avoiding close working.

It is anticipated the demolition work will be completed by summer 2020.

Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said:  “We have made the decision to demolish the Carnival Pool and Fitness Centre now as it will cause less disruption and will ensure that once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted we can continue with this regeneration project at pace. 

"The government’s current policy is that construction activity should continue where it can be undertaken in accordance with the Public Health England and industry guidance. And I am assured our contractors have in place appropriate measures to ensure they are meeting these requirements.”

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