Friday, December 26, 2008

The Start of Something Big

The ball is now well and truly rolling for the UIPM World Championships to be held at Crystal Palace August cancel any ideas about holidays and be there.

The organising committee has had its first recce to CP and sussed out the facilities. So thorough was the visit, it even inspected the changing rooms and boiler room. In fact the organsers were so impressed with the "Hungarian Pool" idea of the empty swimming pool concept they thought that would be where they started empty swimming pool (see pic.)

Follow these pages over the weeks and months leading up to this fantastic competition and get the inside story from the "Pent-ster". Nothing official you understand, but loads of goss and stories that you will not find elsewhere.

Here is a picture of the management approving the Palace.

Crystal Palace Refurbishment

No doubt you have heard that the main arena and swimming pool at Crystal Palace has been closed since latish 2007.

The work is now nearly done and the pool is due to be refilled and heated in about six weeks time. The refurbishment has removed all asbestos, completely renewed all mechanical services, renewed all lighting over the pool and arena and carried out rewiring of many other areas. The changing rooms have been gutted and refitted to the highest and most modern standards. You may not notice much difference as a visitor but believe the Pent-ster when he says that beneath the skin, Crystal Palalce has had the Heineken treatment. Most impressive.

Anoraks Corner

Factoid 1: Crystal Palace Arena and Pool is a Grade 2 listed building
Factoid 2: The 10m diving platform is a Grade 1 listed structure, being the first reinforced concrete diving platform ever built.
Factoid 3: Crystal Palace pool was originally built as a 55 yard pool. Some thirty years ago it was shortened to 50m by reducing its length by 29.2cm but was measured with only one touch pad. During the current work it has been increased in length by about 30mm to fully meet FINA standards when using touchpads at each end. It has now been approved by FINA.