Glass Mill pools temporarily closed

The unofficial Twitter feed for Lewisham's Glass Mill Leisure Centre, run by an admirably obsessive critic of the centre, tipped us off that the pools are now shut due to a failure with the heating system (on Sunday, when we went down there, they were still inviting people to swim in icy water at their own peril). A statement issued by the centre says:

"Due to a mechanical failure all pools at Glass Mill Leisure centre are currently closed until further notice. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you. We will update here with an estimated opening time as soon as engineers have assessed the situation."

11 comments:

Jonny Craig said...

FUCK

Jonny Craig said...

NO

Max Calò said...

This failure caused it to close altogether but the small daily issues that users have been faced with from day one have been so many that it's absolutely obvious that both planning and construction have been poor in many areas and abysmally poor in many.
The changing areas is being entirely retiled bit by bit because the tiles were not fitted correctly the first time round, the lockers are breaking down one after the other, the showers have a single temperature and it's scalding hot! And since they are operated with a sensor instead of a handle they are now starting to remain on indefinitely as the sensors are obviously very sub-optimal. The disabled shower in the main men changing room broke last year and has never been repaired.
I'm told by gym users that various machines are now broken and the repairs are very slow.
I had my bike stolen outside the pool and the cctv footage from the cameras overlooking the bike rack was so poor that the police wrote to the management saying that the presence of cameras induces the users to a false sense of security and they should change them. They wondered where in this day and age you can buy cameras that produce such a bad image.
It's obvious that in the construction of the centre every possible corner has been cut. It's a very worrying sign for every other project contracted by the Council and for the future viability of the centre itself.
And the turn-over of managers is impressive, obviously Fusion doesn't pay them enough for the demands of the job so they quit at a very fast rate. Last year it was manager-less for weeks. Run by a life-guard appointed as acting manager on the spot.

Felix said...

Hope it stays closed

Headhunter said...

Sounds like a similar botch job to the infamous Clissold Leisure Centre...

Max Calò said...

There's a sobering thought. Fingers crossed it reopens some time soon. We have no way to know what's broken now and how long it'll take to fix it. If the heating plant is as bad as some of the other bits that are falling down it could be a very long closure. The heating system of a leisure centre with pool is not something you want to build on the cheap but very probably that's how it's been built.

Neilgadhok said...

I do half expect to see a baby in a drawer a la Brittas Empire

shed209 said...

This is par for the course with Design and Build construction contracts, designed for simple warehouses etc (like a b&q) but now the procurement method of choice by project managers and developers in all sectors. Time and (initial) cost benefits at the expense of quality. It's shite.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

Its always very busy and will only get worse as all these towers are built. They should make the developers restore ladywell swimming baths so that there are more facilities in the area.

Max Calò said...

Just a reminder that today Monday 3rd November at 6pm at Glass Mill Leisure Centre there will the the Customer Forum with the centre's Manager.

nigel said...

And on Friday the 19th December at 8:30pm there's a trans-gender swimming session for all you, err, trans-genders out there

http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2014/11/new-swimming-group-opens-in-glass-mill/

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