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Participating in the High Diving World Cup requires plenty of courage, strength and body control. The competition – now in its third year – featured athletes diving from heights of 20 and 27m. Following the World Championship in Barcelona and the World Cup in Kazan, NUSSLI undertook construction of the diving platform for this daredevil water sport in the Bay of Abu Dhabi.

For some, merely watching may cause dizziness — for others, it’s just a part of their daily routine. Over the course of fourteen days, NUSSLI technicians hung suspended by safety ropes in the air and assembled the platform element by element, moving ever upward, until the structure had reached its final height of 27m. Construction of the diving platform in the “Corniche” Bay of Abu Dhabi not only required workers not suffering from any altitude issues, but also underwater specialists. The foundation for the diving platform was installed at a depth of 8m before the assemblers could take over at the surface and continue the upward construction.

NUSSLI was responsible for the planning and construction of the diving platforms for the High Diving World Championship in Barcelona in 2013, as well as the first High Diving World Cup in Kazan in 2015. This year’s location of the platform in 8m-deep water in Abu Dhabi was both new and more challenging in comparison to the previous two events. Placing the diving platform in the Bay and having the structure itself stand in water was, naturally, the result of careful decision making and was worth the extra effort. The platform’s location in water made the sporting event even more attractive to fans watching in person and at home on television. Afterall, the athletes were diving and twisting against Abu Dhabi’s fascinating skyline.

Planning the Diving Platform

The sport of high diving developed out of the ever-increasing popularity of natural cliff diving. Following profound public interest in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, the swimming federation FINA created the official discipline of High Diving and organised the first World Cup two years ago in Kazan.

NUSSLI was involved right from the start, supporting the officials in the planning of the diving platform. The platforms in Barcelona and Kazan were constructed with particular attention being paid to wind conditions. In Abu Dhabi, the platform required additional special considerations for the unilaterally mounted LED wall and stabilising the structure in water. The experience gained from previous high diving projects enabled the NUSSLI engineers to plan and install the structure in Abu Dhabi in the water at a depth of 8m.

Abu Dhabi — The Ideal Host City

The first High Diving World Cup in Kazan featured 20 athletes. This year’s event in Abu Dhabi showcased the daring dives of more than twice as many competitors. Plenty of courage and body control are needed to take a plunge from a height of 27m. The free fall from the 27m-high diving platform lasts more than two seconds. The athletes dive into the water at a speed of 85kmph. Everything must be working perfectly upon impact into the water. Given the high risk of injury jumping from this height, the athletes structure their dives so that their feet enter the water first.

This high risk sport is a guaranteed thrill magnet for spectators. For Abu Dhabi, hosting this adventurous water sporting event is a good opportunity for the city to showcase itself. Not only does the city feature an excellent infrastructure, but also the perfect climate.

The 25m Short Course Swimming World Championship will also be held in Abu Dhabi in 2020.

2016 High Diving World Cup. Images courtesy: NUSSLI

2016 High Diving World Cup. Images courtesy: NUSSLI

Construction has begun on the Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre (ARC) – an A$22.25m project to meet community demand for a local recreation facility that can host regional competitions, training and lap swimming, indoor community programmes and leisure activities.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development and Federal Member for Wide Bay, Warren Truss, who was on-site to turn the first sod, said the Australian Government had committed A$5m to the project through the National Stronger Regions Fund. He continued:

The Fund will provide A$1bn nationally over five years and is targeted to support projects like this one that deliver strong economic outcomes and boost liveability.

The ARC will provide an employment boost to the region. It is expected to create around 270 jobs during the construction phase and 12 ongoing jobs once construction is complete.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Jackie Trad, said the ARC will feature a 50-metre outdoor pool, a 25-metre indoor heated pool and a water play area. She added:

Related works, including landscaping, car parks and road works, are already well advanced. The construction of an overflow carpark is already complete, capable of providing up to 50 additional cars during events.

Mayor of Gympie Regional Council Mick Curran said demand for an aquatic centre had increased significantly over the years, as the population in the Gympie region continues to grow. He said:

The sod turn today brings us another step closer to delivering this vital piece of community infrastructure.

ARC will be a real community asset with benefits for the community’s social and physical wellbeing and for the liveability of the whole Gympie region.

The A$22.25m Aquatic Regional Centre is being funded with A$5 million from the Australian Government, A$100,000 from the Queensland Government and A$17.15m from Gympie Regional Council.


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Gympie Aquatic Centre gets a name – ARC

Following a naming competition, the new venue will be named Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre or ARC for short.

The former mayor, the late Ron Dyne, will have his name incorporated too, in an important component of the facility to acknowledge his driving force in pursuing a high quality aquatic centre for the region.

In a nod to the current Gympie Memorial Pool, a war memorial will feature in a prominent place within ARC’s site. The Council has also approved the leasing of a suitable site within ARC’s siteplan to the Gympie Hydrotherapy Group.


The new Gympie Aquatic Centre is at the forefront of all Councillors’ aspirations for the Gympie region, and was strongly supported by past mayor, the late Ron Dyne.

The site on Tozer Park Road has been set aside for many years for an aquatic centre. The Council owns the land, it is vacant, easily accessible and importantly is out of flood level.

The aquatic centre will have as its core features a 50m outdoor pool, a 25m heated indoor pool and a water play area for children. The final extent of the centre facilities has not been determined at this point in time due to budget considerations and at this stage the final funding scenario is still being finalised.

The indoor pool will be heated to 29 degrees. This will enable it to be open all year round and will cater for a wide range of activities for people of all ages.

There is provision for a future hydrotherapy pool to be located adjacent the centre.


Gympie Aquatic Centre site plan

Gympie Aquatic Centre render

Images produced by LiquidBlu Architects

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Our Q1 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine will include a feature showcasing a selection of the latest new build and renovation projects  from across Australia and New Zealand.

Bendigo’s Mayor says the Council is proceeding with plans for a new aquatic centre in the city, despite continuing opposition to the project.

The City of Greater Bendigo is about to call for Expressions of Interest (EoI) to build the AUD$30m facility in Kangaroo Flat.

Development of the new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre will see the demolition of an existing facility at Kangaroo Flat.

However, even though a recent survey found most residents wanted the existing facility retained, Bendigo Mayor Peter Cox said the Council had made up its mind.

Mayor Cox told ABC:

I can understand the community, the Kangaroo Flat Community Leisure Centre, being very disappointed that their building’s going to be demolished. However, the majority of councillors decided that we need to move on with this project.

It’s a major wish of the wider community and that’s the decision we’ve taken.

[The] Council has been very decisive about the Kangaroo Flat Leisure Centre and at the moment it’s going to be demolished.

They’re seeking further information but it’ll take one extraordinary change of mind of council to do anything differently than proceed as it has already decided.

The business case for the new facility confirmed that a 25-metre indoor pool will be cheaper to build and run than a 50-metre pool.

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Pool at heart of new sports complex in Lusignan, France

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Chabanne & partners architects has unveiled its latest three aquatic venue projects. In Lusignan it has designed a sports complex that consists of a pool area and an indoor arena. This complementary approach enables independent or simultaneous use of the equipment. Athletes can move easily between swimming pool and high-level training. Chabanne said that this synergy represents a real economy of scale for the operator by combining back of house spaces such as administration, technical and medical. The total area of the project is 4,000 square metres. It will be completed in 2015 at a cost of 5.1 million euros (ex VAT).

Chabanne’s two other pool-based projects are aquatic and wellness centres in a new neighbourhood of Château-Thierry and in Vitry. At Château-Thierry the curved exterior of the building (pictured) fits in a perfect circle dug out to accommodate the beaches. The slide is a monumental sculpture in the heart of the hall. The pool will cost 10.4 million euros and will open in 2015. At Vitry, the aquatic centre has been designed as a theatre ad includes a patio with changeable scenery – from the tropical beaches of Asia to the Scandinavian fjords or a Zen garden. The project will complete in 2016 at a cost of 10 million euros (ex VAT).

London legacy in QE park

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The phased opening of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (home of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games) is under way. The Olympics anniversary weekend will be celebrated with two events on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – Open East Festival in the north of the Park and the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in the former Olympic Stadium. Dennis Hone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said:

We want to recapture the magic of the Games one year on. That is why we are opening certain areas of the Park ahead of schedule – to give people a glimpse of what they can expect to see when it fully re-opens in spring next year. We’ve got a fantastic line-up of events to celebrate the anniversary, from athletics to children’s events that the whole family can enjoy.

Ahead of the anniversary weekend the Summer Events Series includes Hard Rock Calling featuring Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band and Yahoo! Wireless headlined by Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake.

Areas of the north of the Park will start to open to the public from 29 July. It is expected that residents living closest to the Park will form the bulk of the crowds until the Park fully opens in spring 2014.

The Olympic Stadium will host the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games: (26-28 July) bringing athletics back to the stadium for the first time since the Olympics.

The Copper Box is the first venue to open on a full-time basis as the new home to the London Lions basketball team (27 July).

Park-wide sports events include the Prudential Ride London: (3-4 August), the largest cycling event in the UK and a Festival of Disability Sport (7 September)

The majority of the Park remains a construction site as the Legacy Corporation continues with its ‘Clear, Connect, Complete’ programme to remove Games-time overlay, finish the venues and connect the Park to the surrounding areas.

London Olympic venues in the QE Park are being transformed for legacy use.

London Olympic venues in the QE Park are being transformed for legacy use.

Transformation details include:

  • 2,274,000 hours worked on site up to the end of May
  • 1,355 people on site at peak
  • 60 apprentices in total (97 per cent from the local area)
  • 250,000m3 of soil has been re-used across the site which equates to 312,500 tonnes of material
  • 10 temporary bridges have been moved and reinstated by the time the Park is complete
  • The number of new trees planted on the site to date is 1,380 and there will be 4,300 in total

Transformation milestones:

  • Copper Box – first venue to open on 27 July, 2013
  • North of the Park – Timber Lodge including Unity Kitchen Cafe, Tumbling Bay playground, and parklands opening to the public from 29 July
  • Aquatics centre – original design revealed following removal of temporary external structures
  • Stadium transformation works have been granted planning permission
  • Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre – New tennis courts and hockey pitches are on target for completion in late 2013
  • South Park – transformation works on landscaping has started
  • Removal of temporary bridges to create permanent landscaping
  • Northern retail access route relocated this will become Waterden Road.

Transformation – What next?

  • Lee Valley VeloPark – Cycle circuit and BMX conversion works to be completed
  • Stadium – Following planning permission, works to commence on site later in the year
  • East Marsh – Football pitches reinstated
  • Aquatics Centre – Completion of internal fit out and external landscaping.

Reuse, recycle, re-locate

3,000 seats from the Basketball Arena have been reused in the permanent hockey seating at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.