It will take five days to fill the pool
'Olympic dream' fills up
Martin Borley reporting
Corby's new Olympic-sized swimming pool is filled with water for the first time.
Two and a half million litres - that's the amount of water needed to fill the new Corby East Midlands International Pool. It is an unimaginable amount of water, so here are a few facts: it would fill 32,000 baths or would flush 71,000 toilets.
It is taking five days to fill the 50-metre pool. But the builders are reassuring nearby residents that filling up the pool won't affect the water coming through their taps; the mains system can cope.
The 20m learner pool is already full
The new £19 million pool officially opens on 24th July 2009. Workmen are still putting the finishing touches to the complex.
It is not just a 50m eight-lane swimming pool which meets international competition standards. It has an international junior standard diving board and there is spectator seating for 400.
In addition, there is a 20m learner pool and a separate fun pool with flume and a pirate ship.
The fun pool has a pirate boat and flume
Elsewhere in the curve-roofed building is a 70-station gym, dance studio, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi café and crèche.
Techies might be impressed by the gadgets. The 50m pool can be divided into three using 'floating walls' which can be raised or lowered. Parts of the flooring can also go up or down, effectively making the deep end shallower.
'Drowning alarms' are being fitted. These are triggered by swimmers' wristbands if they are inactive for too long or fall to the floor of the pool.
last updated: 10/06/2009 at 12:12
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