Daring choice, surprising transformation.
The new 50 metre swimming pool in the former sub-municipal office has been completed. With this unique example of reuse, the existing building (with historic value) is retained and unnecessary new construction is prevented. The swimming pool is centrally located in a busy spot, which will attract a lot of extra visitors. In return, the pool 'gives' a lot of urban dynamics back to its environment. It will become an attraction for the entire area.
In addition to a 25 metres pool, a 50 metres competition pool (filled with 3.8 million litres of water) was added to the building, the first in Rotterdam. The pool is mainly used for competitions, school swimming classes and recreational swimming and there are activities for target groups. On the first floor you can find the pools, so there is space on the ground floor for catering, shops and other facilities.
The brand new Zwemcentrum Rotterdam in Charlois opens on January 22nd, but before that moment, a lot has to be done, e.g. moving in and trials of school swimming classes. That is why the swimming pool must be 'ready for use' a month earlier.
This transformation is part of the Hart van Zuid area development project. Hart van Zuid will be the lively center of Rotterdam Zuid. In addition to the swimming pool, we also work on the expansion of Rotterdam Ahoy. Ballast Nedam and Heijmans are jointly responsible for the design, realization and financing of the development, including a maintenance contract until 2043.