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40 new homes set to be built on Worcester swimming pool site

Worcester Editorial 14th Feb, 2024   0

WORCESTER’s former swimming pool will soon be the site of 40 new homes after the city council handed over the keys.

Ownership of the former Sansome Walk swimming pool has now officially transferred to housing provider Sanctuary.

Sanctuary has planning permission to transform the site into 40 new affordable homes and is now looking to start work on the site and bring it back to life.

Demolition of the site took longer than planned after experts discovered more asbestos than expected in the derelict building and among rubble on the site.

Work to raze Sansome Walk swimming pool to the ground was halted in 2018 after surveys were carried out.

The old swimming pool closed its doors in December 2016 just days before a new state-of-the art swimming pool opened as part of the £10.5million revamp of Perdiswell Leisure Centre.

Work to remove surplus materials left following the demolition of the former swimming pool will begin in the coming weeks. Construction of the new homes is expected to start later in the year.

The completed development will deliver a mix of one-bedroom flats and two- to four-bedroom houses, helping to meet the established local need for more affordable housing.

David Soothill, Sanctuary Development Director UK, said: “We have a major presence in Worcester and are committed to investing in the city and delivering high-quality new homes for local people.

“This is a significant step and I’m delighted we can now push forward and turn our plans for this important site in the heart of the city into a reality.”

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