Hungary: Race Against Time For 2017 World Swimming Championships - continued
Designed by 27-year old Hungarian architect Ferenc Hetsch and situated on the banks of the River Danube, the spectacular six-storey complex is to serve as the 17th World Swimming Championships primary venue.
Covering an area of 25,000 m² and offering a capacity of 5,000 seats that can be expanded to 18,000, the facility consists of a 10-lane, 50 m competition pool, an 8-lane warm-up pool, two leisure pools, a top floor restaurant and other press, VIP and leisure facilities.
Crowned by a retractable roof, the building also relies on state-of-the-art technology to harness energy from ground heat, wastewater and people’s footsteps captured by ingenious walkways surrounding the building.
As soon as the main structure of the complex had been erected, Gepber provided a battalion of five articulating Genie ZX-135/70 booms and five telescopic booms including a Genie S-125 HD, two Genie S-85 units and two Genie SX-180 booms to help install an impressive network of electric cables throughout the complex.
They were also operated to assist in lifting, placing and welding the components of the roof and the intricate weave of decorative panels covering the construction’s outer walls. The job was scheduled to take four months.
While the articulating Genie ZX-135 units worked on the lower levels of the building up to 43.15 m, the two Genie SX-180 booms were dedicated to the highest elements of the structure, and notably to the welding of the steel components of the retractable roof up to a height of 54 m.
Offering an impressive maximum up-reach of 56.85 m, a maximum outreach of 24.4 m and equipped as standard with a 7.5 kW on-board generator, an AC power-to-platform and a welder-ready package,
Photo: By P.Lindgren (Own work)
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Paving The Way
For Future Habitat Development Options In Bahrain
The ByrneLooby office in Bahrain is undergoing a pilot study to relocate seagrass in order to enhance existing habitats with the overall aim of increasing marine life within an area of reclamation.
If successful, the project could be the start of much larger scaled operations providing many developers across the Kingdom of Bahrain, with a tangible option for environmental compensatory measures. While the replantation of seagrass has been attempted elsewhere in the Middle East, it is understood to be a first in Bahrain.
Seagrass beds are considered as being one of the most important primary producers (on both land and in the sea) in the region, contributing directly and indirectly to marine productivity and supporting a wide diversity of animals. Seagrasses are also important in terms of coastal defences.
The grass beds consolidate the offshore sediments allowing them to build up and deflect the force of incoming waves. This reduces the impact on the coastline and coastal structures and increases the stability of coastal features such as beaches for example.
The pilot study was carried out by the ByrneLooby environment team in March 2016 after they were commissioned by Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading developer committed to preserving the coastal environmental heritage of Bahrain
If the study proves successful, it would provide other developers in Bahrain with a good opportunity to relocate seagrass habitats that occur in areas where future reclamation is planned,
explains Lauren van der Merwe, Principal Environmental Specialist with ByrneLooby.
Our Client, Diyar Al Muharraq has developed a large scale reclamation in North West Bahrain and is interested in looking at ways to give back to the environment. We are therefore exploring a number of options but considered developing the option of seagrass translocation because large areas of the reclamation were constructed on seagrass habitats
Van der Merwe said.
ByrneLooby collected approximately 40 m² of dense seagrass from a ‘donor site’ and transported it to three areas within the Diyar Al Muharraq development. The seagrass was then planted in areas exhibiting similar features (i.e. depth, substrate type) but with very sparse to no seagrass present.
The translocation has been undertaken on a small scale in order to test the viability of the project in Bahrain. ByrneLooby will be monitoring the growth progress over the coming months in order to assess the success of the project for future environmental compensation opportunities and to find the best locations for long-term transplanting programmes.
If the results are successful, Ms van der Merwe says the environmental team at ByrneLooby will look at doing the relocation on a much larger scale.