17 November 2014
Bangor Aurora Aquatics Centre, Bangor, Northern Ireland, has won the Award for Regional Groups at the Structural Awards 2014 organised by the Institution of Structural Engineers in London on 14 November. This award recognises "projects that have a demonstrable benefit to the community and a positive impact on individual lives."
Opened in 2013 this new £38m flagship leisure centre is leading the promotion of swimming and aquatics in the North Down area with the plan being that it will play a big part in future, high-profile sporting events.
The centre is home to a host of aquatic and sports facilities under, what is reported to be the largest roof span of its type in the British Isles. It houses Northern Ireland’s only 50m FINA international standard pool as well as a host of water slides, flumes, bubble pools and interactive water play features designed with families in mind. Other sports available at the centre include squash, hockey, football and Gaelic sports.
Working in partnership with McAdam Design and AFLS&P Architects the project team’s innovative and creative design solutions were said to be key to the success of this development. Our experts provided civil and structural, transport, fire engineering and acoustics services consultancy services to ensure that the client’s aspirations for the centre were met and at times exceeded.
Speaking about WYG’s involvement David Warden, Director of Leisure Services for Bangor Borough Council spoke very highly of the team. “We have benefited from WYG’s expertise throughout the project - at design stage, in the provision of advice on the largest roof span of its type in the British Isles; when problems were encountered in the ground, their innovative approach to providing a cost effective solution in cooperation with the main contractor was most welcome; and unusually for an aquatic building their contribution to the achievement of BREEAM Excellent has been highly significant. We have been pleased to have them as part of the team.”
For the full list of Structural Awards 2014 winners, visit: http://www.istructe.org/structuralawards/2014/winners
Photography: © Donal McCann Photography