National Aquatic Centre, Dublin

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The National Aquatic Centre is an indoor aquatics facility in Dublin, Ireland. The Centre houses a 50m swimming pool, diving pool, leisure pool and fitness centre. Since opening in March 2003 it has hosted the swimming events of the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games, the 2003 European Short Course Swimming Championships and a number of international water polo events.
The National Aquatic Centre hosts the Irish Open Swimming Championships, Irish Senior Water Polo Cup, Irish Open Diving Championships, as well as a number of other national and regional aquatic events.
In 2001, a Design, Build and Operate Contract for the Centre was awarded to a consortium of companies – S & P Architects, Rohcon and Dublin Waterworld . The capital cost of the National Aquatic Centre was originally budgeted at €62.5 million and the project was certified as complete in September 2010. The actual cost of the project is still unclear but €119m has been spent on the Campus to date.
Storm DamageThe Centre sustained roof damage during a period of stormy weather in January 2005 and had to be closed for five months so that repairs could be carried out. This closure, after only 18 months operation, damaged the business of the operating company, Dublin Waterworld. Campus & Stadium Ireland Development, the State company which owns the centre, commissioned an engineer to assess the roof damage and they concluded that the roof was not designed and constructed in accordance with building regulations, despite the fact that CSID's experts had certified it. During the closure period NSCDA (National Sports Campus Development Authority) commenced legal proceedings to remove the operators. The case was settled in December 2006 with Dublin Waterworld agreeing to leave the Centre and each party covering their own costs.
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  • Clean and lots to do for kids, but... unfortunately my daughter got injured on the slide, hitting her foot twice, had to get first aid, and apparently this happened more than once.  more »
  • We recently visited here, purchased online tickets before we arrived as their website gives priority to online bookings. When we arrived there we 2 questions, 1 for online & 1 for everyone else, we wa...  more »
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  • We went there mid afternoon on a Sunday and it was grand and quiet, from the ticket queue to the queues for the slides. The whole family enjoyed our time there and the slides were more fun than I had anticipated! The centre was lovely and clean and plenty of life guards in every area so you could be confident (as much as you can be around water), that your kids are safe.
  • Great complex. Pitches are top quality - as good as you'll find anywhere. Could do with a few more signs up for it.
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