MALE swimmers at Scissett Baths will be changing with the women for a few weeks from today - all in the name of progress.
But to spare everyone's blushes, builders will put up a partition in the women's changing rooms to keep the two sides separate. The sharing arrangement is necessary to avoid closing down the swimming pool while work is being carried out to create new changing rooms.
Operations manager Alison Morris said: "The current changing rooms have served very well for decades, but have now passed their sell-by date.
"We decided against closing down during the refurbishment works, and would ask that our customers bear with us during any inconvenience caused by sharing the changing rooms.
"We are sure the new changing rooms will be worth the wait and the disruption, but we hope everyone continues swimming here in the meantime."
The £176,000 project includes:
* Disabled people's changing room, shower and toilet.
* Replacement of floor and wall coverings.
* New toilets.
* Integrated shower cubicles (in addition to the current poolside showers).
* Redecoration in Kirklees Active Leisure colours.
The builders were due to begin work today on the men's changing rooms, which should last about eight weeks.
During this time, the women will change at the top end of the changing rooms, closest to the reception, and the men will cross the balcony to the bottom end of the changing room.
They will all have access to showers and toilets. The project is set to be finished next March.
Ian Whitehead, business development manager for Kirklees Active Leisure, said: "This project will complement other work that has and is being carried out in Scissett Baths. Apart from this project, we have spent £400,000 on the centre in the last three years.
"This includes new cutting-edge gym equipment with on-board entertainment, air conditioning, refurbishment and extra staff for the fitness suite.
"We have replaced the boilers, heating and lighting as well as refurbishing the balconies and installing a disabled access ramp. We hope our loyal customers will appreciate the modernised centre and that it will also attract new ones."