what is happening at the Aquacap in Périgueux?

what is happening at the Aquacap in Périgueux?
what is happening at the Aquacap in Périgueux?

While the Grand Périgueux aquatic center was closed last September for two years of work, the construction site has still not started. The work drags on, the bill increases, the former mayor of Périgueux demands accountability.

What is happening at Aquacap? Last September, Grand Périgueux announced a new closure of the establishment for work. Not really a surprise, we knew the aquatic center was failing since… its opening in 2008. Victim of poor workmanship, slippery tiles, cascading leaks, faulty machinery, the multiple repairs it underwent never succeeded in refloating the ship. At the height of the damage, 15,000 liters disappeared into nature every day.

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Limestone stalactites due to numerous leaks in the pipes of the Aquacap swimming pool

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Not to mention (or rather counting), that the rise in energy prices ended up making the swimming pool a financial pit. Last September, a new, long closure was necessary, despite the predictable discontent of users who generate 200,000 visits per year. The closure is planned for at least two years and an estimated cost of 12 million euros.

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The numerous leaks caused irreversible damage to the Aquacap machinery installations.

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There is urgency and yet. Nine months after the closure, construction has still not started. For the good reason that we have not yet finished surveying the damage! Scalded by previous unpleasant surprises, those in charge wonder what else Aquacap has in store for them. “There you have an example of tile detachment“, notes sadly Amélie Balaine, deputy general director of Grand Périgueux, in front of the tiles of the small pool which have fallen to the ground by the handfuls. “All these problems also required us to be able to ensure that the supports on which this tile is glued are compliant, that the steel inside is not altered. And that required additional examinations of the structure of the swimming pool.” Basically, no point putting a bandage on what could be a wooden leg.

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The manager of Grand Périgueux shows new problems appearing, like these tiles that are peeling off

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And a complete diagnosis takes time. The experts will deliver their conclusions at the end of July. Six months late on the work, at least, and a reopening estimated for September 2026. A small consolation, this delay does not seem to imply for the moment an increase in the envelope of 12 million dedicated to restoration. It must be said that since 2008 the bill is already quite heavy as it is. How much exactly, anyway? This is precisely the question that Antoine Audi, the former mayor of Périgueux from 2014 to 2020, asked himself.

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Surveys, surveys, estimates, the experts still have to do a complete tour of the Aquacap before the work can begin

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At some point you have to ask for the bill, that’s what I’m asking!

Antoine Audi

Former mayor of Périgueux

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The Aquacap project will be at least six months behind schedule

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The former councilor wishes to obtain answers on the real cost of the establishment, but also on the responsibilities. ” Today, we are closed until 2026 if I’m not mistaken, due to recurring poor workmanship problems. I find that it is starting to be a piece of equipment that is very expensive for the taxpayer and very expensive for the user..”
Antoine Audi will ask Grand Périgueux next Thursday for precise accounting to find out how much public money has been invested in Aquacap since its opening. “I think today we are at 25 million. I did a bit of a quick, a bit rough calculation, it will perhaps be confirmed by Grand Périgueux” he speculates.




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An aquatic center that never stops! Since its creation in 2008, Aquacap has suffered from multiple defects and is starting to cost residents dearly, denounces the former mayor of Périgueux Antoine Audi



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In recent years, in recent months, and in the years to come, we are counting the days of opening more than the days of closing!

Antoine Audi

Former mayor of Périgueux

If Antoine Audi has questions about the real cost of Aquacap, he also has questions about the way the file was managed. “I have the impression that the measures were not taken on time, whether at the level of the ten-year guarantee, whether at the level of insurance, so that the community is covered in its costs, this which is not the case!

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How much has Aquacap actually cost to date?

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While waiting for all these expert answers, the average user wonders when and even if he will be able to find his favorite diving board one day. Discontent is growing among users who have become accustomed to the luxurious complex. The Sunday swimmer, families, sports clubs, spa or aquagym enthusiasts, so many frustrated people in the pool who are starting to find it long.

Grand Périgueux procrastinates, and ensures that it is doing the best of its means. “We have schools, clubs, the general public, and supervised activities. Today we can consider that for schools, clubs and supervised activities, the damage is not too important. Where people are most impacted is in classic swimming, in the fun dimension or in the health-bubble dimension. There, our pools are classic and the Périgords, in winter, do not have this possibility.“, recognizes Jean-François Bojanic, responsible for swimming pools at Grand Périgueux.

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Two years of closure for the main swimming pool in Périgueux which must be brought up to standard

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Aware that the summer is likely to be hot, Grand Périgueux is therefore increasing its efforts to welcome swimmers to its other sites. “Obviously, the Aquacap with its 1,100 m² is not there at the moment, but there are still answers for the Périgourdins“, explains Jean-François Bojanic.

  • The small summer swimming pool in Sorges will be open all weeku July 6 to September 1
  • The new Niversac swimming pool, open in summer, will be open from July 1 to September 1.
  • The Bertran de Born swimming pool, usually closed during this period, will remain open until Sunday August 11
  • The Marsac-sur-l’Isle swimming pool, uncovered and heated, is already open on weekends until mid-June, and it will be open all summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (while before it was only open from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and will also be open for the first two weekends in September.
  • The renovated Neuf-fonts swimming pond opens from June 29 until September 1 inclusive as well as the first two weekends of September, with supervised swimming from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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