Before it opened to the public in 2008, there was detectable pride during a tour of the DG One leisure centre, as it offered Dumfries a substantial upgrade on its aging facilities.
Those who remembered the old Greensands swimming pool must have been especially impressed with the site, which included a gym, multi-use entertainment space, and catering.
There were, however, warning signs of the major structural defects that were later uncovered, even during the construction process. They included continuous delays to the opening schedule.
To the untrained eye the building, valued at £17m, was impressive when it finally opened. However, it experienced a string of problems not long afterwards. Tiles coming loose forced a leisure pool to close only two weeks after the pool opened, and a training pool had to be taken out of service to allow its tiles and moving floor to be replaced.
By 2011, surveyors were engaged to pinpoint the cause of the major structural defects. One of the centre’s main facilities had been closed for more than 200 days since opening, which is the equivalent of one day a week that it could not provide services.
In 2013 Galloway Council and Dumfries finally commenced legal proceedings against DG One’s builder, Kier Northern. A year later the center was closed down and its services made available at other facilities in town. Repairs, however, could not be started until the legal situation had been resolved.