SportMalta’s project of the first international-scale indoor swimming pool in the Cottonera Sports Complex, with an investment of €14 million, will be among the best sports complexes in the Mediterranean.
The Minister for Sport Clifton Grima, while visiting the ongoing work on this project said, “It is gratifying that this swimming pool indoor state-of-the-art will be an excellent opportunity for the aquatic sport sector in our country to continue to push forward and continue to contribute to more successes that have been achieved in recent years.”
It was explained that work has been completed on the roof of the swimming pool which is specially made to complement the ramparts and is also intended to absorb external noise, so there is no sound discomfort for the surrounding neighbours.
The construction work on the dressing rooms, offices, control rooms, and rooms for sanitary needs has also been completed.
Part of the project included the construction of a plant room and a tunnel under the swimming pool, through which cars pass, part of the ring road of the complex.
It was also explained that the base is being prepared for the swimming pool which will be one of the highest technology and the iron pillars are being attached to which glass will be attached which will surround the entire swimming pool.
The swimming pool is of Olympic size of 5,000 square meters, with a wooden roof with a length of 44 meters as well as glass walls that cover 44 square meters on each side, and a depth of 2.2 meters. The length meets the requirements from the International Swimming Federation. The pool will be equipped with the best technology including that of bulkheads so that the pool is divided into more than one facility. The floor of the swimming pool will have a function that goes up and down so that the swimming coaches can give their lessons in the water itself.
The CEO of SportMalta Mark Cutajar said, “This project is part of a series of projects that SportMalta takes care of, and through it we will have one of the best sports complexes in the Mediterranean because the indoor swimming pool will complement the -the Pavilion facility, and has space for 400 spectators as well as a conference hall and a cafeteria”.
With this pool, local athletes will no longer be disadvantaged compared to foreign athletes who used to train in an open pool but compete in an indoor pool. With this project the programs within SportMalta will grow and develop into more opportunities for athletes and school children.
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