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Indoor Sporting Arena. Proposed Development. Size of building: 12,000m 2 The main functions of the facility are: the athletics arena the multi-sport arena the outdoor stand to serve the existing track

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Proposed Development

  • Size of building: 12,000m2

  • The main functions of the facility are:

    • the athletics arena

    • the multi-sport arena

    • the outdoor stand to serve the existing track

  • There are also comprehensive support facilities for elite athlete training, medical facilities and café, general changing facilities



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Present Situation

  • Lack of quality indoor facilities in Ireland

  • Extensive community needs

  • Lack of running track is a barrier to the development of athletics in the Athlone region for able-bodied and special needs athletes

  • Boost to AIT hosting of HSE Community Games National Finals


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NGB Support Sought & Consultants

  • International athlete – Eamonn Coghlan

  • Athletics Ireland – John Foley, CEO

  • Football Association of Ireland – Paddy McCaul, President

  • Irish Institute of Sport – Gary Keegan

  • Westmeath/Leinster GAA – Tom Farrell

  • Athlone Town Council


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Public Use

  • AC Celtic FC

  • Roscommon AC, St Ronan’s AC

  • Buccaneers RFC

  • Westmeath GAA

  • All-army regional & national athletics finals

  • Connacht schools track & field

  • HSE Community Games

  • Athlone & District Schoolboy League squads

  • Connacht rugby u-20 development squad

  • Athletics Ireland development squads

  • Various county hurling and football teams

    for friendly inter-county matches


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Event Hosting

  • Proven Ability & Facilities to Host & Manage Events

  • HSE Community Games National Finals hosts 2009-2012

  • Celtic Games, AAI Games hosts

  • Excellent car parking, catering, etc.

  • Central location of institute to all major transport routes

  • Athlone Hospital, Portiuncla Hospital, Tullamore Hospital, abundant sports physiotherapists

  • Airports: Knock 45mins, Dublin 1½hrs, Shannon 2hrs


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Justification for Facility

  • First mover advantage – no comparable track or facility in Ireland

  • NGBs supporting this ambitious plan

  • Strong support of local and regional clubs

  • Complements AIT’s outdoor track and astro-turf pitch

  • Increases attractiveness of institute for students

  • Enhances facilities for existing students, staff and community


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Olympics 2012

  • Prime location for Olympic 2012 team training camps

  • General hospitals

  • Sports physiotherapists

  • Local and national transport services

  • Accommodation (abundant Section 50)

  • Access to airports


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Enhancement of Existing Facilities on Campus

  • Multi-purpose sports hall

  • Fully equipped fitness suite

  • Aerobics/circuit training area

  • Full-size GAA and soccer pitches

  • IAAF-approved athletics track

  • FIFA 2-star artificial soccer pitch

  • Cross-country track

  • Lecture/meeting rooms

  • Extensive canteen facilities

  • Parking


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Management

  • Staff of the institute sports department to manage, maintain and market the new facilities

  • Available to community groups, schools, Rapid initiatives


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Main Elements of Building

  • Indoor athletics track and field auditorium:

    • 200m banked running track

    • spectator seating for 1,500 persons

    • elevated athlete warm-up area with an 80m sprint track

  • Separate multipurpose indoor sports auditorium:

    • basketball/futsal, multi-sports

    • spectator seating for 1,500 persons

  • Potential for 3,500 spectators in concert setting


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Main Elements of Building

  • 500-person outdoor spectator stand overlooking the existing 400m outdoor track and field facility, with finish line control room

  • Ancillary accommodation including:

    • 10 changing room facilities

    • gymnasium

    • high-performance training rooms

    • recovery suite

    • medical centre and support rooms

    • café/restaurant


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Building Materials

  • The materials of the building are primarily a palette of three high quality materials:

    • Portland concrete panel

    • green copper panel

    • thermally broken, solar glare-reducing double glazing

  • It is deliberately chosen to avoid metal panelling


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Environmental Considerations

  • The building incorporates all accepted passive and sustainable technology, including rainwater harvesting, high degrees of insulation

  • The main athletics arena is naturally lit to reduce running cost, with lights used rarely

  • The auditoriums are naturally ventilated. The preferred ambient temperature of a sports centre – 16 degrees – facilitates lowest possible energy use for a building of this type


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