LEGAL WRANGLING between Bath Spa contractor Mowlem and Council officials mean that the thermal pool will not open until December at the earliest, two and half years late.
The new opening date is contained in a provisional programme released by Bath & North East Somerset Council this week.
Work has restarted on the £26M project after agreement was finally reached between Mowlem and the Council in February, following five months of legal dispute (NCE 26 February).
Mowlem and the Council had been locked in a legal battle since September after paint applied to the new pools began to peel away soon after it was applied.
The Council told Mowlem to remove the defective paint, grit blast the concrete pool surface and reapply paint. But Mowlem refused and offered to remove the paint under a contract variation, for which it would be paid.
Under the new agreement Mowlem will be paid for the additional work and has hired Dutch sub-contractor Bovitec to undertake the preparation of surfaces and repainting work.
The Council estimates that repainting will be complete this September, after which a maximum eight weeks will be needed for building commissioning.
Fit out by operator Thermae Spa is expected to take a further month.