– November 7, 2012 – The community of Aylesbury Vale in Aylesbury, UK welcomed the grand re-opening of its Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre, delighted by the biggest change to the facility. The previous outdoor pool is now covered by a stunning retractable roof. The roof is one-of-a-kind, designed, manufactured and installed as an OpenAire custom solution to complement the building’s existing architectural features.
Through extensive consultation with the facility’s owners and operators, the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and Aylesvury Vale Community Trust (AVCT), OpenAire created a truly custom-made retractable roof. It integrates with the facility’s striking curved, laminated beams, suspended above its swimming pool. With the beams intact, OpenAire devised a unique double stacking roof system that retracts from the bottom-up—an unorthodox, but effective arrangement that diverges from other OpenAire designs, whose standard opening is from the top.
The first-ever curved multi-stacking panel designed roof, made with OpenAire’s exclusive, maintenance-free aluminum truss structure, measures 27m / 89’ in length, 18.3m / 60’ in span, and front sidewall height of 4.6m / 15’-3 with a partial 1.2m / 4’ upper sidewall.
"Our success in implementing this custom designed retractable roof enclosure for the Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre reflects our ability to creatively adapt to the needs of our clients. The unique needs of the Aqua Vale renovation naturally resulted in a uniquely tailored roofing solution that hasn’t been done before. We thrived on this project, adapting to the challenge of customizing a design that met the needs and desires of the client,” said David Bolwerk, Vice President Sales and Marketing at OpenAire.
Councillor David Thompson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, said, "Our investment in leisure facilities reflects are continuing commitment to local people and their communities. The huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has inspired the whole nation and that means more people than ever will be looking to get more involved in sport and improving their fitness, health and general well-being. The top range of facilities and programmes on offer at Aqua Vale are impressive and I am sure the people of Aylesbury Vale will benefit from the new look centre and encourage them to keep fit for many years to come.”
A featured video of the project can be viewed here
Mark Albertine, President