Jan 24 2013 By Jackie Grant
DG One set to close for more than one year
The region’s flagship leisure facility could be closed for 17 months to allow multi-million pound repairs to be carried out.
Shocked councillors were told the scale of problems facing DG One in Dumfries during a private meeting on Tuesday.
And the council confirmed it will begin court proceedings against contractor Kier Construction Ltd in a bid to recover up to £6 million, including the full costs of remedial work and lost income .
The news has been described as a “disaster” by Councillor John Martin.
He said: “This has come as a complete shock.
“The facility will be closed for around the same amount of time as it took to build.
“For a flagship facility, this is an absolute disaster.”
DG One has been plagued by problems since it opened, six months behind schedule, in May 2008.
Within weeks of completion tiles began coming loose in the training pool.
In October 2009, the same pool had to close for around three months while a moveable floor was replaced.
And the main pool was shut last June after tiles fell from the inside walls.
At that point the authority decided to carry out a condition survey on the three-year-old complex.
Councillor Martin added: “If the council wins the court case then Kier will need to foot the bill but we don’t know what way it’s going to go.
“At least the public are now aware of the costs, but I’m sure people will be appalled.”