It has been a few weeks since we last updated you on the progress of the Handy X Hub – which is moving at a pace towards completion in November.
The windows and distinctive green copper cladding has been added between the first floor gym and the ground floor entrance to complete the eye-catching design of the new Wycombe Leisure Centre.
The multi-storey car park superstructure – an incredibly fast track piece of construction – was erected in just six weeks by the entrance of the sports centre.
Less visible is the massive amount of mechanical and electrical work – the process of heating, ventilating, filtering and lighting such a vast building and running a swimming pool – that has been installed in or under the new leisure centre over the past weeks.
‘Ventilation socks’ – long white tubes that inflate when operational – have been hung in the pool hall, while massive filtration tanks and combined heat and power boilers are in place.
Work to install the moveable floors in the 50m pool and the 20m training pool, along with the submersible wall in the 50m pool so it can be split in two, has been completed.
Filling both pools with water for testing and commissioning is planned for later this month. The tiling of the floors and changing area is scheduled to finish in early October.
The installation of the hardwood sprung timber floor in the multi-use 12 court sports hall is also programmed to begin next week.
The laying of the timber flooring and seeing water in the pools will help to bring the sports centre to life as we move closer to the final stretch where the actual construction is finished and the building is kitted out with final fittings and shiny new sports equipment.
We’ve moved on to the external hard landscaping phase – which in plain English, means the main spine road that serves the entire site is currently being built.
The first half, from Junction A (closest to the Handy Cross roundabout) is complete and the second half is carving its way up through the existing leisure centre car park.
We would like to thanks all existing Wycombe Leisure Centre members and users for their tolerance during the disruption.
The new Waitrose supermarket building will be finished shortly.
Waitrose are planning to start fitting-out the unit in the New Year, which will enable a phased start-up to the opening of the Handy X Hub over the first quarter of 2016.
The new Wycombe Leisure Centre is first up and expected to be opened in January, and then the Coachway Park and Ride followed by Waitrose.
The coachway station is also taking shape – glazing has been installed and the waiting areas are now being fitted out.
Watch this space for further updates and news of new coach services coming to Wycombe!