WORK is to start on building an Olympic size swimming pool in Liverpool after the city council approved a £15 million construction contract.
Building firm Gleeson Building Limited has now got the go-ahead to start work immediately on building the 50 metre facility at Picton Leisure Centre in Wavertree.
The state-of-the-art pool will be one of only a handful of Olympic size pools in the UK.
The majority of funding – £11 million – is coming from the city council, with a further £4m of Lottery cash from Sport England.
Council leader Warren Bradley said: “It will be a valuable facility not just for our own elite swimmers, but also the local community including recreational groups, mothers and toddlers and schools.