Case Study: Sandwell Aquatics Centre

The Project

Sandwell Aquatics Centre – The only brand-new venue to host the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. All swimming, para swimming and diving events took place here from the 29th of July 2022-8th August 2022. Now open to the public, it has been transformed into a cutting-edge leisure facility, that includes a 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool, a 10-meter-high competitive dive tower, and a 25-meter dive pool and officially opened its doors to the public in July 2023.

Our Impact

A building with accessibility and inclusivity at its heart, in keeping with this, we were instructed by our customer to install sliding door automation to four single doors. Our team worked closely with APiC, to determine the most functional entrance design, considering the location of the doors, environment, and the user’s needs. Ultimately, we decided on four of our 2021+ single sliding door operators, mounting/fixing to the curtain walling.

Automatic sliding doors are among the most functional doors for high usage entrance requirement. As sliding doors operator on a horizontal plane, they are the automatic door least affected by adverse weather conditions. The above, coupled with the safety features on our sliding doors, makes them well suited to an environment with a wide demographic of pedestrian users, such as a leisure centre.

Another feature is the slim header unit this operator boasts, reducing sight lines, offering enhanced visual appeal. A product aesthetically designed with functionality, endurance, and robustness at the forefront.

In summary, a fantastic project with teamwork at its core and bespoke products manufactured to suit the project requirements.

Architect: Roberts Limbricks Architects

Main Contractor: Wates Construction Limited

Curtain Walling and Doors for the interior and exterior: APiC UK Limited

Door Automation by: Horton Automatics Limited