A LEADING architect has now begun work on pool restoration plans as Saltcoats volunteers bid to bring the leisure attraction back to glory.

The SPLASH group told the Herald volunteers are now getting a timeline in place to bring back the towns outdoor swimming facilities and boost tourism – with a report on costs expected later in the year.

Saltcoats Splash group were previously awarded £24,600 from NAC’s Place based investment fund for a feasibility study to go ahead with leading architects Studio Octupi.

A spokesperson said: “The SPLASH group is delighted that work is underway to provide us with a way forward to restore and reopen our pool.

“The report will include costings and be ready early Autumn.

“We will hold public events to work with the community to make this happen. We will have a plan and timeline to get the pool opened so that the whole community can enjoy outdoor swimming in a safe environment.”

The group previously said: “A feasibility study will provide information for us to fully consider the best options for re-opening our pool and how much this could cost.

“It’s an excellent opportunity to bring a safe outdoor swimming and water activity space. Outdoor swimming is very popular and this is the right time to make sure we make the most of what we have.

“In 1934 it was the massive tidal pool in Scotland and the envy of many.

“Lets revive our pool and make a huge splash.”