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Solar Technology for Alice Springs Aquatic Centre
The Stage 2 redevelopment of the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre is currently under construction.
The $14.1 million redevelopment of the current facility will extend its usability to the whole year, and improve its capacity and range of services.
This joint Federal Government, Northern Territory Government and Alice Springs Town Council development will include:
• A heated indoor eight lane, 25 metre swimming lap pool with disabled ramp access;
• A beach front leisure pool which will include toddler area, spa, lazy river and also incorporates a four lane 20 metre learn-to-swim section with disable ramp access; and
• Upgraded kiosk/cafe reception, administration, club room, storage rooms and amenities.
The YMCA-managed facility currently features a 50 metre lap pool, a learn to swim pool, a paddle pool, kiosk and change rooms. Programs at the centre include aqua aerobics, school holiday activities and synchronised swimming while the Centre hosts the Alice Aussi Masters Swim Club, the Alice Springs Swimming Club, the Alice Springs Canoe Polo, Alice Springs Triathlon Club and learn to swim classes.
Project management is being undertaken by CAT Projects who, in developing the tender, have been able to reduce costs without sacrificing usability by engaging local knowledge and innovation and developing materials locally to avoid transport costs.
A key feature of the redevelopment is the installation of a 2,556 litre Heliocol solar hot water heating system for indoor pool heating.
The Centre is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2010.
For more information contact Heliocol on 1300 132 968, www.heliocol.com.au
Image: Solar panels on the roof of the Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
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