New Dundee Olympia now externally complete
June 4 2013£31.2m Olympia leisure centre in Dundee has entered the final furlong with the finishing touches being applied internally ahead of an opening on 24 June.
Designed by Dundee City Council’s architectural services division the new leisure pool and multi-storey car park is situated on East Marketgait and features an Olympic sized swimming pool, health suite, café and flumes.
Adopting a ‘strong, simple structural form’ of rough masonry, rendered masonry and curtain walling the scheme is intended to be read both from the road network and from pedestrian routes by curving along its boundary with a neighbouring roundabout.
In a design statement the architects noted: “… as far as was practicable the building was kept back from the curving NW boundary to the roundabout to effectively widen the perceived ‘pavement’ and pedestrian zone. This is then broken down with a low level plinth which acts as a buffer zone between the pedestrian and the bulk of the building.”
Built by Mansell the scheme has been hit by a series of delays, causing it to miss its projected September 2012 opening.
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