A BREAN swimming pool has been given a £275,000 upgrade which includes the installation of 900 new solar panels.

The 25 meter pool at Brean Splash Waterpark in Coast Road has been closed for the last two weeks while the floor in the main pool has been replaced.

It is the first time the floor has been replaced since its initial installation in 2011.

The previous liner was removed and a new cushion layer added before the new dark blue liner along with lane markings.

Jeff Smith, leisure manager at Brean Splash, said the new liner offers ‘a cushion feel underfoot’ which is popular amongst pool users and guests with disabilities.

Mr Smith said 900 solar panels have also been fitted across the roofs of Brean Splash and Brean Play.

With a short investment payback period due to the latest developments in modern solar technology the team at Brean Splash expect their investment to deliver £1million financial benefit over the next 20 years.

The 25m pool is home to Burnham-on-Sea swimming club and the facility’s popular Brean Splash swim school.

Mr Smith, said: “It is important we maintain the facility to the highest standard and completing this work during one of our quietest periods to limit the disruption to local swimmers.

“We are always looking at how we can improve our environmental impact.

“This along with our biomass boilers, which heat all the pools at Brean Splash, is helping to reduce our carbon footprint.”

For details visit www.hru.co.uk.