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Scarborough’s £15 million water park is finally beginning to take shapE

Scarborough’s £15 million water park is finally beginning to take shape.

The project rumbled on for years with it looking at one point like the scheme would remain a design in an architect’s sketchbook and nothing more.

But now the part is being constructed, with all those involved confident of an Easter 2016 opening.

For Garry Barber, project manager for Benchmark Property Ltd, this for him, like many on the site, this is his first water park.

“You don’t see many of these,” he said, “in this country anyway.

"I did a few swimming pools many years ago.

He said that despite how it may appear from the outside building a water park is no more difficult than any other building.

He said: “With a contractor such as Tolent they know what they are doing, the building is the building, the different part is the rides and the amusements because very few buildings have four ride flumes on the outside shipped in from America.

“People will see them arriving at Christmas time or very early in the new year.

“They are all shipped over in containers in pieces, they will be spread out on the [Burniston Road] car park and craned into place in four-metre segments.

“They don’t have indoor play areas so they are the bits that cause interest in the site when we have our monthly meetings with the operators.”

The rides arriving will be a crucial step in the progress of the construction.

“They will hopefully entertain the local children for years to come.”

The project has not been without its hiccups along the way. Earlier this year Scarborough Council’s leader, Cllr Derek Bastiman, was forced to admit that there had been three month delay in the project and then another member of the council told a public meeting that a contractor on the construction had “gone under”, which would put the build in jeopardy.

Mr Barber said there had been a 13 week delay at the design stage, this was no down to a six-week delay and he said that by Christmas the project would have caught up to its original scheduled opening of Easter 2016.

He said the rumour about the contractor was “totally false” and had been both “unhelpful and upsetting” to those working on the park.

The site is monitored for noise all through the month, which Mr Barber says is “unusual” for a construction site, and he added it has passed every time and is classed as a “quiet site”

“We are now just hoping that we get some good weather over the winter,” he added.

“The main building will be watertight in six weeks so we should be fine.”

Tolent’s project manager Matty Russell is used to the North Yorkshire winters, he is a Whitby lad and worked on both The Sands and Open Air Theatre projects.

He said: “Building a water park is just like any other project from our point of view, the complicated stuff, like the filtration system and such, as done by experts and we look after the stuff you can see.”

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