Sandwell Aquatics

Birmingham
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Story

Adding to our portfolio of landmark sporting venues we are very proud to be part of the delivery team for the Commonwealth Games 2022 swimming venue – The Sandwell Aquatics Centre.

We were appointed in Spring 2020 by principal contractor Wates Construction Ltd, to undertake the RC Substructure and composite superstructure packages. This included the construction of the 50m Olympic-sized swimming pool, 25m dive pool and community pool, along with the surrounding wet and dry ducts, plant room, drainage and waterproof surround slabs.

3D Visuals

We developed 3d visuals to convey methodology and sequencing and safety controls to the site team:  

Project Progress

29,000 reinforcement couplers
9000m3 of concrete
1500t rebar
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highlights

Water retaining structure

Working closely with WCL & Designer Arup we developed a detailed pour sequence and programme to manage concrete shrinkage and achieve a water retaining structure in line with the project specification. This complex waterproof, and water retaining basement shares many features more in common with large scale civils schemes, including intricate reinforcement detailing for the transfer channels, balance tanks and wet ducts.

COVID lockdown challenges

With the bulk of the work completed during the spring and summer of 2020, the site faced considerable challenges during the COVID lockdown. However, working closely with WCL, the Local Authority and our workforce & supply chain we were able to achieve the project targets and ensure the steel superstructure was able to start on programme. Work on the facility is expected to be completed in spring 2022.

Project
Sandwell Aquatics
Architect
Engineer
Arup
Contractor
Wates Construction Ltd
Sectors
Public
Services
Stadiums
Preconstruction
Substructures
Location
Birmingham
Status
Current
Project summary
Project summary
Project
Sandwell Aquatics
Architect
Engineer
Arup
Contractor
Wates Construction Ltd
Sectors
Public
Services
Stadiums
Preconstruction
Substructures
Location
Birmingham
Status
Current

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