Exeter City Council has revealed more details as it assesses the fire damage at the city’s Riverside Leisure Centre.

The operator cannot reopen the pool and health suite until it is declared safe.

The current worse-case scenario given to the council for completion of all works is the end of September 2018.

Assessment work has been ongoing since a major fire broke out at the leisure centre.

There is still scaffolding inside parts of the building as damage is assessed. Credit: ITV West Country

Intense heat from the fire affected the steel roof and destroyed protective coatings.

The non-fire damaged parts of the facility have been reopened but the pools and health suite have remained closed.

It is frustrating for everyone - but we have got to do this the right way. It doesn’t look like much damage was done from the outside, but we need to have a proper assessment of the roof.

Cllr Phil Bialyk, Lead Councillor for Sport and Health and Well Being