MAJOR redevelopment works at Teviotdale Leisure Centre will begin later this month.

It was announced in September that the Hawick swimming pool and leisure facilities were in line for a £263,000 makeover.

From Monday, November 17 the pool will close for around eight weeks to allow for the first phase of developments to take place, which includes re-opening the once popular water flume as well as introducing smaller play features to the pool and carrying out behind-the-scenes plant room engineering.

The flume was closed in 2008 due to its age and operational costs.

Throughout the first phase, which is expected to last until mid January, the rest of Teviotdale Leisure Centre will remain open.

Live Borders chief executive Ewan Jackson said: “The people of Hawick are very proud of the flume which was built by public fundraising and this will be a fantastic attraction to bring back to the town.

"We’ve worked with a range of specialists and consultants to make sure we overcome the issues that forced the flume’s closure in 2008.”

Teviotdale Leisure Centre opened in 1982.

And the major refurbishment has been welcomed in Hawick and the wider Borders.

The second redevelopment phase, which is planned to start in mid to late January will include the introduction of a larger soft play area, a new exercise studio and a new reception area.

And plans are currently being developed for the upgrade of the centre's cafe.

Mr Jackson added: "We are delighted that the project to refurbish the Teviotdale Leisure Centre is underway.

"The centre will be a destination for all the family with the re-opened flume, a larger and improved soft play, some smaller play features in the pool, the upgraded café area and a welcoming reception area.

"We appreciate our customers’ patience and understanding while we complete this exciting work."

Accessibility will also be upgraded during the redevelopment.