The National, Tuesday 19th February, 2013
THE new-look K200 million Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Complex will have the latest swimming pool technology, an official says.
Venue Infrastructure, Equipment Committee deputy chairwoman Mel Donald said they had contracted an Italian company, Myrtha Pool, to install the new pools for the 2015 Pacific Games.
Donald said the aquatic centre would consist of an Olympic standard 50-metre competition pool, a 25m training pool and all other infrastructure required to host an international swimming championships.
Her committee will procure the pools directly from Myrtha Pools, a world leader in advanced technology in the swimming pool industry.
“Myrtha Pools will give us the ability to ensure a precise and fast installation of competition pools for the Games using their patented pre-engineered modular system based on the use of laminated stainless steel panels and buttress system,” she said.
Fellow board member Keith Fletcher said they were convinced into the agreement after they saw the swimming event at the last South Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.
Donald said Myrtha Pools was highly recommended by the International Swimming Federation, FINA.
Some notable installations include the World Championships in Rome (1994), Rio de Janeiro (1995), the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996, the World Championships in Perth (1998), Barcelona (2003), Indianapolis (2004), Montreal (2005), Melbourne (2007) , Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 and New Caledonia South Pacific Games (2011).
The installation timeframe for the pool is 12 months
Donald said the price of the Myrtha pool had yet to be finalised.
“Once the design consultants complete the services design, Myrtha pool will then be able to quote accordingly. The materials will come direct from the factory in Italy,” she said.
The indoor complex will have basketball and volleyball courts, plus office spaces.
Donald said Peddle Thorp New Zealand was awarded the architect contract last year for the Taurama Aquatic Centre and Indoor Complex
The Taurama Leisure Centre is now closed and ready for demolition.