Queen’s Leisure Centre re-opened to the public in June following the successful completion of stage one of the necessary repair work.

Since then customers have been able to use two of the three pools at the centre.

Now repairs are soon to be underway to complete the next stage of work to allow the Family Pool to re-open.

The decision was made to undertake the repairs after structural engineers carried out an assessment of the remaining Family Pool roof trusses.

It was identified that in order to open the pool safely, further strengthening of the trusses is required.

Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, Councillor Martin Rawson, said:

We are determined to keep Derby swimming. That’s why we are doing what is needed to get the third pool at Queen’s open. Investigations have shown that doing nothing could potentially put the entire centre at risk. That’s not acceptable to us. We are moving ahead with plans for a new 50m pool at Moorways and this investment will go a long way to ensure that Queens can provide swimming facilities for the city until the new pool is opened.”

It has been estimated it will cost approximately £500,000 and take around six months to finish the roof repairs.

Derby City Council has set aside funding for the project from the Budget Risk Reserve, which is used for urgent or unscheduled work required in-year.

Queen’s Leisure Centre was built in 1932 and is located in Derby City Centre, providing public swimming sessions, swimming lessons and exercise classes.

In total it sports three pools with the Teaching Pool and Gala Pool currently in use. In addition to the swimming pools the Centre also has a gym and exercise studios.