THE framework for a new gym is in place as part of a £900,000 swimming pool refurbishment.

Work at Dovercourt Swimming Pool is ongoing and contractors Gipping Construction will be putting the floor for the fitness suite down on Thursday, followed by the brickwork and roof.

Tendring Council who owns the building is carrying out the major improvement and extension scheme which also includes new changing facilities.

The project is due to be completed this winter.

Council leader Mick Page said: “A ground floor fitness suite was something people had asked us for so that we could provide access to all and it is starting to take shape now.

“All the steel framework was delivered and put up last week and you can really see the difference.

“It is coming on well and I am sure our users will be delighted when it is finished.”