The swimming pool at the Link Centre, which is currently closed for essential re-tiling work, will now be shut for several weeks longer than planned.
It was originally hoped that the pool would re-open on 10 September.
Removal of the tiles around the pool has revealed problems with the concrete walls behind, and repairs are also needed to ducts in the pool structure. The work requires specialist contractors to be used.
Right, the prestine swimming pool shortly after it opened in 1985. Below, Link Centre pool entrance today
The eight swimming clubs which have bookings to hold competitions and galas at The Link after 10 September are being contacted by the council and offered help in finding alternative venues for their events.
These include the council pools at Highworth and Dorcan recreation centres and the Health Hydro in Milton Road, along with other independently-run pools inside and outside the Borough. The Link pool is also used by schools.
Cllr David Renard, Swindon Borough Council deputy leader, said: “We can only apologise for what has happened, and we will do what we can to help those clubs with big events booked. In the meantime we are working very hard with the contractors to get the pool re-opened as soon as possible.
“The problems that have come to light were not anticipated and we are very disappointed that the closure is going to be longer than we originally thought. Urgent discussions are being held with contractors to establish a definite date for re-opening and we will announce this as soon as we know.”
Chair of the West Swindon Forum councillor Nick Martin said: "The delay in opening is very disappointing, but as Link Centre is now over 25 years old, perhaps it’s not surprising that when you start doing refurbishment works the contractors are finding more serious issues below the surface.
"Obviously replacing tiles over suspect rendering would be a waste of money. The job has to be done properly so that the pool problems are fixed properly."
The original cost of the re-tiling work, which began on 30th July, was £75,000, but it is not yet known how much the extra work will add.
At the same time nearly £1 million is being spent on replacing the building’s roof, and a considerable amount of money will be required in the next financial year to renew the ice rink cooling plant.
Residents and groups who need further information or advice about alternatives to swimming provision can contact The Link Centre on (01793) 465461.