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Sandwell Aquatics Centre

Client:

Wates Construction for Sandwell Borough Council

Completion:

2022

Construction Cost:

circa £73m


Project Details:

Facilities includes a 50 metre Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 25m diving pool, a studio pool and heat experience cabins. The 50m pool has two direct drive hydraulic movable floors and two traversable booms providing maximum operational flexibility. An air cushion system allows the diving pool to be used for dive training.

Our Role:

Design and specification of the 50m, dive and studio pool water treatment systems, 50m pool movable floors and booms, dive pool air cushion system. Design verification services, site monitoring of installation and commissioning validation including on the 50m temporary pool design.


Design Team

Architects:

Roberts Limbrick Architects

Structural Engineer:

Arup

Aquatic Consultants:

Devin Consulting

M & E Engineers:

Arup

The state of the art Sandwell Aquatics Centre was built as the only brand-new venue for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. A 50m temporary training/warm-up pool was also provided.  Following the Games, the venue will be reconfigured to reopen as a community facility in the summer of 2023.

Each legacy water treatment system produces crystal clear pristine water using PAC flocculation, medium rate filtration, photo-oxidation using ultraviolet, heating, automated control of pH and residual disinfectant (chlorine) levels.  The traversable booms are provided with high free area ratio vertical surfaces to make manual movement a simple two man operation.