The Stainless Alternative in Public Pools

Vichy Water Sports Centre makes a big splash

Dean Jobb - December 30, 2009

Vichy Water Sports Centre

Municipal governments in France are turning to stainless steel as the material of choice for public swimming pools when both building new aquatic centres and refurbishing existing ones.

The country’s first recreation complex to feature only stainless steel pools, the €22.5-million Vichy Water Sports Centre in Bellerive-sur-Allier, opened in January 2008. Its Olympic-size outdoor pool and indoor wading and amusement pools provide a combined 2,150 square metres of water surface and are crafted from some 65 tonnes of corrosion-resistant 316 (S31600) stainless steel.

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