First images of Coventry’s city centre water park released
The new building, which will house a water park with slides, 25metre swimming pool, gym, climbing wall, squash courts, dance studio and day spa, has been designed to reflect the city’s ribbon weaving past – with the outside appearing to be wrapped by a swirling ribbon.
The building, which will sit on the site of Spire and Christchurch House, next to Christchurch spire - is being designed by international architects FaulknerBrowns. The circular building will be dramatically lit at night.
Cllr Abdul Khan Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure, Sports and Parks, said: “I’m really impressed by these designs – there’s definitely a wow factor here that we were very clear we wanted for this building.
“We set a really tough challenge to the design team, demanding a landmark building that fits into our city centre and that’s exactly what the team has delivered. The quality of the design sets a new standard – one we will expect all new developments in the city centre to match.
“The city has continued to change and attract investment as it works towards a brighter future, creating jobs and a better city for all. We are taking massive strides in our ambition to be a top ten city and the water park is big part of our plan to transform the city centre.
“It’s at the very heart of the new mix we are trying to create for our city centre – they are no longer about just shopping, they are about enjoying leisure time with friends and family and the water park will be at the very heart of that change.
“We believe our proposal for a water park and 25m pool with day spa facilities will be a real hit with residents and we’ve been able to plan a range of rides to suit everyone – from the bravest thrill seeker to the youngest user.
“It’s based on a spiralling ramp with a range of slides and rides directly off the ramp. Nowhere else has done it like this before and it will make our new water park one of the most accessible in the country for people with a disability.
“I’m also really pleased that this new pool could help to fund a new 50m pool for Coventry. Once the water park is open I’m sure it won’t be long before local people are as proud of it as they are the 50m pool."
Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.