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400,000+ readerS leisure opportunities 09 august – 22 august 2011 ISSUE 560 Daily news & jobs: New 2012 Aquatics Centre completed

London 2012’s new Aquatics Centre – designed by Zaha Hadid and S&P Architects – has become the last of the six permanent Olympic Park venues to be completed. The Olympic Delivery

Authority (ODA) unveiled the complex on 27 July, with diver Tom Daley making the first dive into the venue’s pool and helping to mark the one-year countdown to the Games. Work started in June 2008,

with more than 3,630 workers and 370 UK firms involved. Balfour Beatty was lead contractor. Te other main permanent venues located at the London 2012 Olympic Park – including the Olympic Stadium; the Velodrome; and the Handball Arena – have already been completed. ODA chair John Armitt said: “In July 2006, we published a delivery timetable which set

National Museum of Scotland opens

Edinburgh’s new-look National Museum of Scotland has officially reopened its doors to the public, following the completion of a major £47.4m refurbishment programme. National Museums Scotland (NMS) has

unveiled 16 galleries at the attraction, which explore sciences, humanities and world cul- tures and comprise more than 8,000 objects. Te majority (80 per cent) of the artefacts on

display for the first time in generations across 13,000sq m (139,931sq ſt) of gallery space. A new entrance hall has also been created. Gareth Hoskins Architects were the lead

master planners, with Ralph Appelbaum Associates and Beck Interiors also involved.


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Te refurbishment forms part of a wider masterplan Construction group Balfour Beatty was

the lead contractor on the scheme, which is at the centre of NMS’ £70m masterplan for the Edinburgh museum. A further 11 more galler- ies will be added to its line-up by 2020.

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AFL designed the Birmingham venue’s overhaul

Edgbaston cricket ground unveils £32m new look

HRH Prince Philip has officially opened a new multi-million pound complex at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham – designed by AFL Architects. Te £32m scheme included a new confer-

Te facility is the last of the main Olympic Park venues to be completed

out the ambitious target to complete the main venues a year before the Games. With the com- pletion of the sixth main permanent venue, we have delivered on that commitment.”

ence and banqueting suite, able to cater for up to 700 guests; the Jaguar and 1882 Club suites; and new media facilities. A visitor and learning centre also forms

part of the redevelopment of Edgbaston, which has seen an increase in the specta- tor capacity of the venue to 25,000 for both domestic and international matches.

Bannatyne teams up with SpaBooker

Bannatyne Fitness – part of the Bannatyne Group – is to install the cloud-based SpaBooker online book- ing system at all of its UK spas. Spa director Justin Musgrove said:

“We are continually looking at ways to enhance our customers’ experience at the Bannatyne Spa. “Web-based booking is now an

everyday part of people’s lives and SpaBooker by GramercyOne extends that service into the UK spa mar- ket for us, ensuring that booking at Bannatyne’s is simple, straightforward and efficient.”

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