UBD builds Olympic-sized swimming pool

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BRUNEI-MUARA

UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam (UBD) is getting an Olympic-sized swimming pool as part of a $6 million planned extension of its sports complex.

The Minister of Education, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Hj Awg Abu Bakar Hj Apong, poured concrete into one of the building’s main pillars during the foundation-laying ceremony held yesterday.

The expansion of the Sports Complex, which is a construction and renovation project of the Public Works Department at the Ministry of Development, is slated to be completed by November 2015. It is part of the 10th National Development Plan (RKN10).

In an interview with The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the ceremony, Public Works Department (PWD) Project Coordinator Hj Md Husni Hj Damit said that the new swimming pool, measuring 50m x 25m (10 lanes), would follow the international standard set by FINA (Federation Internationale de Natat).

“FINA is an organising body connected with the Olympics. The body looks over all water sports such as swimming competition, Polo, synchronise swimming and so on,” he said.

The project coordinator added that by having a swimming pool recognised by FINA, this would enable UBD to make its own record for any swimmers who would happen to break world record.

Renovation works will be made on the existing _surau _on the first floor of the complex. The extension will also include an exercise hall, cafeteria, administration office, lobby and reception on the ground floor, as well as two aerobics studios, gym studios and a lounge area.

According to Hj Md Husni, the administration block will function to control the access of people entering the complex.

“In the future, probably they will use a member system for all the students,” he said, adding that this would allow UBD to document the number of entries into the sports complex.

“At the moment, the entry point is everywhere. It is difficult to monitor the people,” he said.

The main contractor of the project is Indramas Sdn Bhd with Othman & Associates Consulting Engineers, Hamzah Hassan Consultant and Z-Arif Consultant as the three project consultants.

UBD in a press statement said that the present sports complex comprised varieties of sports facilities for tennis, petanque, basketball, badminton, squash and football.

It also has an existing indoor sports hall, gymnasium, and a grandstand.

Meanwhile, members of the public are advised to park their cars away from the construction site at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) ongoing extension of the Sports Complex because of the heavy machineries operating around the clock.

Hj Md Husni advised members of the public not to enter the site within the 15-month construction period.

“The facilities inside the sports complex are off-limits. However, the two football fields and the basketball court that are located outside the construction site are not,” he added.

Students who wish to use the football fields are advised not to park their cars around the construction site, he said.

People are further urged to park their cars away from the site to avoid being damaged by ongoing heavy vehicles and machineries, he added.

“The public can ask the security where to park their cars whenever football competitions are held at the sports complex,” said Hj Md Husni.

Indramas Senior Quantity Surveyor, Nachimuthy Sivakumar said that they are providing a 24-hour security around the construction site.

He said that Indramas has provided hoarding around the site to avoid the public from entering.

Some of the machineries are excavator, piling rig and trucks.

The Brunei Times