New pool is cool for school


Harton One  STUDENTS at a North East school can learn to swim in comfort thanks to a complete refurbishment of their old 1960s baths.


The £400,000 refurbishment of the swimming pool area and baths at Harton Technology College, in Lisle Road, South Shields, complements the major building works already carried out at the school.


The school, which has 1,600 students, saw a newly built sixth form and technology block opened in 2010 and the remodelling and refurbishment of the main school building finished the following year.


Work on the swimming pool, which was carried out by Chester-Le-Street based construction firm NCS, entailed the remodelling of the existing pool facility.


It included:

  • asbestos removal
  • structural steelwork repairs
  • new windows, doors, and external rendering
  • TRESPA cladding
  • new lighting and ceilings
  • ceramic tiling and decoration
  • new specialist pool plant equipment with air handling unit and boilers



Executive headteacher, Sir Ken Gibson, said the 1960s swimming pool was desperately in need of refurbishment and with the backing of governors, they were able to incorporate the planned upgrade into the vast building programme they had carried out.


“The swimming pool has always been a huge asset to the school and the community and we feel that being situated in a coastal town it is essential for our students to have the opportunity and facilities to learn to swim,” said Sir Ken.


“We are absolutely delighted with the final result and, with the help of the design team, we have the pool building that now fits seamlessly with our new site.


“We are incredibly grateful to NCS who have helped us to create a truly stunning environment for our students to learn to swim.”


NCS director, Sean Anderson, said:


“Most of the work was carried out in the summer and we worked with the school to minimise any disruption. We’re delighted that the students can now dive in and make the most of their new pool.


“They have a fantastic pool area which means they can learn to swim in comfort and train for future sports success.”


The architects on the project were Newcastle based JDDK and the quantity surveyors were the Todd Milburn Partnership.


NCS, which was established in 2002, has more than 60 employees and undertakes projects across the country in areas such as education, sport and leisure, community and amenity, heritage and care, civil engineering work, manufacturing facilities and process infrastructure.


The company is targeting national growth and has recently rebranded. It has launched a new website, welcomed a new business development director to the team and has opened up a Yorkshire office in Leeds.


Recent projects include completing a major programme of refurbishment of Newcastle’s medieval Black Gate; work on a regeneration scheme at Amble in Northumberland, which will see the town become a seafood destination for visitors and new businesses, and the refurbishment and extension of Hotspur School, in Newcastle.


Pic cap one:  Executive headteacher at Harton, Sir Ken Gibson, left, and Adam Cockburn, NCS site manager, watch Harton pupils John Young, 12, and Rachel Taylor, 14, dive into the new pool.

Pic cap two: As above with John Young and Rachel Taylor

Pic cap three: John Young and Rachel Taylor dive into their new pool



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