Friday 14th October 2022 · Mike Smith
Source: Ajuntament de Xàbia
The councillor responsible for Sports in Xàbia, Alberto Tur, has given an update on the project to build a second sport centre in the town, reporting that the escalation of prices in recent months has forced the local council to request a review of the cost of the project before its final approval and this avoid the problems that other public projects are experiencing.
Tur reported that the estimated cost of building this new sports centre in the Freginal part of town has risen from 7.7 million euros to 8.3 million euros, an increase of 7.8%, with the biggest increase in costs being related to the use of energy.
The final project has already been validated by the architects, the construction management and municipal technicians so the intention now is that the government team can submit it for approval by the council at this month’s ordinary plenary session.
The councillor also mentioned other investments in sports infrastructure in Xàbia, including the indoor swimming pool (4.6 million euros) which is now in the final phase of construction and the two projects for the sports complex at Les Mesquides – the replacement of the artificial playing surface (which is pending final contract award procedures at the Alicante Provincial Council), the construction of changing rooms, a third paddle tennis court and the improvement of accessibility, a project that is now being drafted with clubs and users of the complex.
And, in addition to these major projects, Tur explained that progress is still being made in terms of future planning, including several improvements to the sports centre ‘Palau Miguel Buigues’ in the port (including the replacement of the playing surface, replacing the roof and improving the connection with the new municipal swimming pool) as well as the preparation of a master plan for municipal sports facilities, including addressing pending demands, such as an athletics track and a new fronton court.
Mayor José Chulvi recognised the work being carried out by the Sports councillor, both in the two most important projects and in the other smaller but equally important facilities. He explained that the second sports centre will be a leading example and a benchmark in the region for sports such as artistic gymnastics, responding to the needs of a large and varied local sports community.
The proposed new sports centre will have two floors spread of 4,500 useful square metres with a maximum height of 15.5 metres (high ceilings are a requirement for rhythmic gymnastics) and has been planned to be integrated with the existing municipal trinquet building so that, from the outside, it will be viewed as a single building and will simplify access management and caretaker tasks in the future.
The main hall will be made up of two large courts; one for futsal, handball, roller hockey, volleyball and basketball, whilst the other will be dedicated to rhythmic and artistic gymnastics and martial arts. A zone for climbers will including a climbing wall and bouldering area whilst it is planned that there will also be a functional training and crossfit area.
The first floor will be dedicated to visitors and spectators of sports activities with removable stands which can be adapted to the needs of each event as well an area adapted to people with reduced mobility. There will also be two multipurpose / “coworking” rooms for the management of sports clubs.
With regards to the design of the sports centre, the connection with the existing trinquet will be achieved by the creation of a longitudinal space between both buildings at different heights with integrated vegetation on the roof and landscaped courtyards.
And with regards to energy, the building, which will be rated Type B Energy Efficient, will include photovoltaic panels installed on the roof so that it will be self-sufficient, a second soler panel array, a climalit system and self-protection against fire.