As the countdown to the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games continues, Quadrant is already a proud winner: we were chosen to manufacture and supply the deck pool grating for the Olympics Aquatics Centre.
The venue was designed by acclaimed international architect Zaha Hadid. It will be hosting swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, and the swimming element of the Modern Pentathlon, and features a spectacular wave-like roof that is 160 m long and up to 80 m wide, giving it a longer single span than Terminal 5 at London Heathrow Airport.
Construction started on the double curve parabolic roof Aquatics Centre in June 2008 and is now complete. Over 3630 people have worked on the construction and more than 370 businesses have contributed.
Our UK team competed for and won the contract to design, manufacture and supply the deck pool grating & channel rail system. Quadrant has been working alongside engineers, architects & construction companies to give the Aquatic Centre its finishing touches by manufacturing and supplying the deck pool grating for around all three major pools and one circular plunge pool.
The grating provides the cover for the front end of the filtration system and is visible around the main competition pool, diving pool, training pool & plunge pool. Each pool grating element is almost 500 mm wide, and with a total of 425 linear meters to manufacture, the grating was designed specifically for this project. Apart from looks, durability and strength, the flow rate had to be no less than 25% to allow the return flow of water back into the system, whilst maintaining its strength. After many discussions with the engineers & architects we achieved our goal … 31%! Congratulations to our UK team!
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