Fusion have made the following statement confirming that our Pool will re-open on 28th May 2011.
Following initial remedial work Fusion has confirmed the open air pool will be re-opened to swimmers on 28th May 2011 in time for the Bank Holiday.
The Grade II Listed pool at The Rye in High Wycombe, was first opened in 1957 based on a 1930’s design.
Following a competitive tender, Fusion Lifestyle, a sports and leisure management company which operates as a registered charity, was awarded a 50 year lease in February this year on the basis of its proposal to invest over £1 million in refurbishing the pool and providing new facilities to make them self-financing and so secure their future.
“The first phase is simply to refresh the pool side and the changing rooms so the pools can be opened again for the summer season,” said Anthony Cawley, Head of Facilities at Fusion. The second phase will involve renovation of the pool building and adjacent Rye Centre, to house a new gym, exercise studios and café.
The tennis courts on The Rye and outdoor multi-use games area will also be maintained and managed by Fusion for everyone to enjoy. Work will start this autumn and is due to be completed by spring 2012.
Elaine Jewell, Head of Community Services at Wycombe District Council commented: “We are delighted that the pool will soon be up and running again. With the plans for additional facilities to be available next year, Holywell Mead definitely has a very exciting future in store.”
The investment will be financed by Fusion and the new plans will be developed in partnership with Wycombe District Council.
As an independent registered charity, Fusion reinvests any surplus income made back into the facilities and activities they manage to ensure sustainable and accessible sport and leisure facilities for all in the community.
Peter Kay, Fusion’s CEO commented, “The team has put an enormous amount of effort into getting the pool ready in a short space of time and we’re looking forward to welcoming swimmers back over the summer.”