THE new $7 million Nowra Pool will soon take a big step forward with the first major concrete pour for the floor of the new structure.
The pool floor is being laid in three sections, with the first pour to be 92 cubic metres, of what will eventually be 275 cubic metres, making up the floor area.
Fine weather over the past month has continued to allow contractors Zauner Constructions to make good progress on the project.
The team from Designcrete has prepared the site for the pool floor, with form work in place around the pool’s perimeter, its outline is now clearly defined.
Screw piles, ranging from a depth of 300mm deep to up nine metres in other areas are all in place, topped with pile caps, from which the reinforced steel to support the pool will be attached.
A mixture of aggregate and concrete has been placed over the entire area of the pool base, which will perform as formwork to support the pool base.
The gradual taper from the shallow end to the deep end is clearly visible and will range from 1.35m at the shallow end to 1.85m at the deep end, meeting all FINA requirements to be able to stage major championships like country or state titles. There will also be a 30 metre area of deeper water for the water polo facility.
Swimplex Aquatics have been on site and have installed the return lines, which will allow filtered and heated water to be returned to the pool.
The system will allow two million litres of water to be filtered and returned to the pool every one and a half hours, through more than 100 nozzles.
Shoalhaven City Council’s project manager Gary George said the floor pour will start in the shallow end.
“The next pour would then be from the deep end with the middle section last.”
Once completed, work will start on constructing the walls of the pool.
On latest estimates, the pool could be open by February 2015.
The new pool will be nine lanes wide, compared to the old structure’s seven and will include an aquatic water park incorporating a children’s splash pad.