25 November 2013
The Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex in Bangor, received a royal seal of approval when it was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 12 November.
It has taken almost 10 years from when the council first proposed replacing the aging centre with a new world class facility to it first opening to the public back in March of this year.
The successful completion of the project relied on a partnership approach with McAdam Design and AFLS&P Architects, with WYG’s team in Belfast providing full structural and civil engineering design services as well as transportation, BREEAM, fire engineering and acoustic consultancy services.
The key challenges faced by the team were the topography and ground conditions of the site which meant a variety of foundation solutions were required. Now complete, the stand out feature of the project is the wave form glulam roof structure, one of the largest glulam installations in the UK, which comprises 440mm x1500mm deep glulam timber sections spanning up to 43m.
Stephen Alford, WYG Director said: ‘We are delighted to have been involved with the Bangor Aurora Aquatics Centre and the development of Northern Ireland’s first International standard 50m swimming pool. Delivering a complex project like the Aurora has been challenging but very rewarding especially when one sees the end result.’
David Warden, Director of Leisure Services for Bangor Borough Council said: ‘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 co-operation 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.’
Building on the expert knowledge and experience gained from the Bangor project, the same WYG design team have been appointed to design the £25m replacement facilities for the Dundonald International Ice Bowl on the outskirts of Belfast.
In what seems to be a booming sector in Northern Ireland, WYG have been invited to submit a total of four live tenders for leisure centres with a combined capital value in excess of £50m and are hopefully well placed to win some of these competitions.
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