Another theft from the swimming pool building site

Last weekend tools valued at €10,000 Euro were stolen from the swimming pool building site.

The tools, including welding tools, were stored in a container which the thieves entered by cutting open the wall.

Several doors and windows were broken open as well, causing a further €3,500 of damage.

Another film of the swimming pool being demolished

This is the film shot by the demolition company, Roller Sprengtechnik GmbH & Co. KG from Wuppertal, and kindly provided to show the moment when the indoor swimming pool was blown up:

The demolition of Oberursel’s indoor swimming pool (photos)

The demolition of Oberursel’s indoor swimming pool (film)

The last night of the Hallenbad

This is how the Hallenbad (indoor swimming pool) looked on Monday evening.

On Tuesday at 11am it will be reduced to rubble.

Oberursel's Indoor Pool on Monday, 3rd June, 2013

The swimming pool building site – 30th May, 2013

Altkönigstraße to remain closed, Swimming Pool to be blown up

The Altkönigstraße is to remain closed between the Theodor-Heuss-Straße and Rotbornstraße until Friday, 7th June, 2013, while building work on the new swimming pool takes place.  The diversion will also remain in place.

The shell of the old indoor swimming pool building

On Tuesday, 4th June, 2013 at 11am the remaining shell of the old indoor swimming pool building will be demolished using explosives.  During this time the area will be cordoned off with no-one allowed inside a 150m radius of the building except local residents who are required to stay indoors with their shutters closed and on the far side of the house to the explosion.  Cars should be removed from the area.

The 120m ring of concrete that is left standing is under such pressure, that the structural engineer responsible fears that if diggers where to cut into it, it may release that pressure and break apart uncontrollably.  Instead seven holes have been drilled into each of the supporting legs and these are filled with explosives totalling around 50kg.  The ring itself will be cut at four places by plasma beams at the same time as the explosives go off.

The result will be 4 pieces of concrete each 30m long, which should just fall to the ground if everything goes according to plan.  The 150m safety radius is a precaution in case that does not happen, or if parts of the concrete break off and fly away.  Around 1,000 tonnes of concrete is currently left standing in the shell of the building.

No parking no waiting here during the explosion


The swimming pool building site – 28th May, 2013

Could the new Sauna be replaced by a Kindergarten?

Of the many problems facing the politicians in Oberursel, two have been recurring topics at council meetings in the past year.  The cost of building a new swimming pool and the need for more kindergarten places, especially at the northern end of the town.

Add to this the dilemma of the budget for 2013 being approved but with some restrictions in place, and – as treasurer Thorsten Schorr put it – “There can be no more discussion about building projects for services provided on a voluntary basis”.

So what does that mean for the proposed sauna at the new swimming pool?  The current plans for the new building include an area for a sauna, but only the walls, a temporary roof and possibly the utilities will be put in place.  It was then planned to actually fit out the rooms at a later stage. [Read more…]

Demolition work begins at the swimming pool

Demolition work has begun on the old indoor swimming pool building in the Altkönigstraße.  These photos were taken on Tuesday, 30th April, 2013.

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