The project was unique because we were working over an existing pool with many challenges under the ground (services). Also, as the pool was right outside the main aquatic centre, we had to engineer a solution that allowed one end to cantilever over an existing changing rooms bulkhead. Also the request to maximise light transmission while also being able to enclose the pool (as much has possible) in the winter made for a unique project given the close proximity to the existing aquatic centre building.
The project was also unique in that in order to deliver the clients brief, we had to use and adapt essentially ‘curtain sider truck curtains’ to provide the seasonal flexibility, while also using for the first time, a standard PVC outer membrane in conjunction with a highly translucent liner membrane, with the hope of still gaining light transmission through both membranes, which was thankfully achieved.
From a heating perspective, for the first time, we also fully enclosed the liner membrane using ‘alcubond flashings’ in order to maximise the heat retention.