September 2020 - On Thursday, 20 February, former mayor Aat de Jonge officially opened the new Dronten indoor swimming pool that has been named after him. The pool is unique because it is fully electric and therefore no longer connected to the gas supply.
The new building was constructed by Bouwgroep Dijkstra Draisma, who called in Visser Konstruktie Veenwouden to produce the steel structure. A total of 85 tonnes of steel were processed. In addition to standard structural steel, cap beams (THQ) have been used to support the hollow core slabs laid by Visser. The characteristic laminated wooden beams above the swimming pools were also installed by Visser as an integrated part of the structure.
Rotocoat hot-dip galvanised all the steel and then the visible sections were powder coated in two shades of grey. Hot-dip galvanising and powder coating provides steel with the most durable protection against corrosion.
The new pool complex was designed by Venhoeven CS architecture+urbanism and it has a floor area of 2,394 m2. There are three pools: a competition pool, an instruction pool and a paddling pool with some play equipment. Both the competition and the instruction pool have a movable bottom so that they can be used for different target groups.
Sustainability and the good sports facilities are important ambitions of the municipality of Dronten. The completion of the new all-electric swimming pool fits in perfectly with those ambitions.
Most of the energy is produced by the 580 solar panels on the roof. Ten solar collectors provide hot tap water. In addition, the roof and walls are optimally insulated. The pool water is heated by five high-efficiency air treatment units in combination with air heat pumps, and the air is heated sustainably with an air blow system.
The use of galvanised and powder-coated steel is also a factor that contributes to the sustainability of the new swimming complex.
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