BUILDERS creating a new £6.3million swimming pool facility in Bridgwater have said the project is ‘full steam ahead’.

A tour of the new community swimming pool, part of Trinity Sports and Leisure, was given to bosses from Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset County Council, BAM, Futures for Somerset and 1610.

The district council is investing millions in the facility, which includes a 25-metre six-lane pool, a training pool, changing rooms, a café, car parking, landscaping and an increased leisure facility capable of holding 50 stations in the fitness studio.

District councillor John Swayne said: “Construction is on course so it is still full steam ahead to get this modern community swimming pool open for business in early 2013.

“We can’t wait for the community to see just how amazing and adaptable this pool is. Some have said it will be a school pool – it won’t be.”

The sunken tank of the two pools is being excavated and the tiles, flooring, lockers and style of spectator seating are being designed.

Andy Syddall, project manager for BAM Construction, said: “Building a high quality swimming pool like this is a big challenge.

“It needs a lot of diligence to ensure you deliver a first rate set of facilities for people to enjoy and use safely.”

Tim Nightingale, chief executive of 1610 leisure trust, said: “The pool will be a superb and much-needed asset.”