Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre

Aberdeen, Scotland
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Key facts & Challenges

  • Sector: Leisure
  • Project value: £18.2m
  • Client: Aberdeen Sports Village
  • Contractor: GRAHAM Construction
  • Subcontractor: Clarke Contracts
  • Innovations: Aqua Board

The build of the Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre enables Aberdeen to host national and international swimming and diving competitions alongside providing world-class facilities for new swimmers and the local community. Comprising of a 10-lane 50m Olympic pool with a dividing boom and part floating floor, a 25m x 16.5m diving pool and 600-seat spectator gallery, the centre is the premier sport and exercise facility in Scotland. It played host to 3rd Commonwealth Water Polo Championships in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The unique qualities and environment of the centre, where conventional plasterboard would have been unsuitable, certainly required a unique product. GTEC Aqua Board was used which contains additives which protect against mould and fungus damage and it's special nonwoven coating which can be directly tiled or painted, making it ideal for use in leisure facilities including swimming pools and sports shower facilities.


Specification Detail


Installation Phase

Aqua Board's unique qualities delivered a high-specification solution that not solved the high humidity and wet area needs. It's versatility meant it easily curved to required radius and solved the diving areas non-vertical walling requirements.

Aqua Board at Aberdeen Sports Village. Leisure case study.

Aqua Board supplied


Aqua Board's 3% water absorption delivered high-level performance where conventional boards would fail.

Aqua Board at Aberdeen Sports Village. Leisure case study.

"Aqua Board exceeded all the performance and technical criteria to meet the brief. We used the board on a previous swimming pool project and proved, yet again, to be the perfect solution allowing us to progress quickly with relative ease."

Neil McFarlane, GRAHAM Construction Regional DirectorGRAHAM Construction


Local Impact

“The Aquatics Centre has provided the community with a fantastic facility to learn to swim and to participate in aquatic activities including diving. For the elite athletes and clubs it provides long course training opportunities and has proven to be an excellent venue to host national and international championships and showcase aquatics to a global audience.”

Forbes Dunlop, Chief Executive
Scottish Swimming

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