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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 5


Designed by 27-year old Hungarian architect Ferenc

Hetsch and situated on the banks of the River Danube,

the spectacular six-storey complex is to serve as the 17th

World Swimming Championships primary venue.

Covering an area of 25,000 m² and offering a capacity

of 5,000 seats that can be expanded to 18,000, the fa-

cility consists of a 10-lane, 50 m competition pool, an

8-lane warm-up pool, two leisure pools, a top floor

restaurant and other press, VIP and leisure facilities.

Crowned by a retractable roof, the building also relies

on state-of-the-art technology to harness energy from

ground heat, wastewater and people’s footsteps cap-

tured by ingenious walkways surrounding the


As soon as the main structure of the complex had

been erected, Gepber provided a battalion of five artic-

ulating Genie ZX-135/70 booms and five telescopic

booms including a Genie S-125 HD, two Genie S-85 units

and two Genie SX-180 booms to help install an

impressive network of electric cables throughout the


They were also operated to assist in lifting, placing

and welding the components of the roof and the intricate

weave of decorative panels covering the construction’s

outer walls. The job was scheduled to take four months.

While the articulating Genie ZX-135 units worked on

the lower levels of the building up to 43.15 m, the two

Genie SX-180 booms were dedicated to the highest el-

ements of the structure, and notably to the welding of

the steel components of the retractable roof up to a

height of 54 m.

Offering an impressive maximum up-reach of 56.85

m, a maximum outreach of 24.4 m and equipped as

standard with a 7.5 kW on-board generator, an AC pow-

er-to-platform and a welder-ready package,


Gepber Rental

Paving The Way For Future Habitat Development

Options In Bahrain

The ByrneLooby office in Bahrain is under-

going a pilot study to relocate seagrass in

order to enhance existing habitats with the

overall aim of increasing marine life within

an area of reclamation.

If successful, the project could be the

start of much larger scaled operations pro-

viding many developers across the Kingdom

of Bahrain, with a tangible option for envi-

ronmental compensatory measures. While

the replantation of seagrass has been at-

tempted elsewhere in the Middle East, it

is understood to be a first in Bahrain.

Seagrass beds are considered as being

one of the most important primary produc-

ers (on both land and in the sea) in the

region, contributing directly and indirectly

to marine productivity and supporting a

wide diversity of animals. Seagrasses are

also important in terms of coastal defences.

The grass beds consolidate the offshore sediments

allowing them to build up and deflect the force of in-

coming waves. This reduces the impact on the coastline

and coastal structures and increases the stability of

coastal features such as beaches for example.

The pilot study was carried out by the ByrneLooby

environment team in March 2016 after they were com-

missioned by Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading developer

committed to preserving the coastal environmental

heritage of Bahrain

“If the study proves successful, it would provide

other developers in Bahrain with a good

opportunity to relocate seagrass habitats that

occur in areas where future reclamation is


explains Lauren van der Merwe, Principal

Environmental Specialist with ByrneLooby.

“Our Client, Diyar Al Muharraq has developed a

large scale reclamation in North West Bahrain

and is interested in looking at ways to give back

to the environment. We are therefore exploring

a number of options but considered developing

the option of seagrass translocation because

large areas of the reclamation were constructed

on seagrass habitats”,

Van der Merwe said.

ByrneLooby collected approximately 40 m² of dense

seagrass from a ‘donor site’ and transported it to three

areas within the Diyar Al Muharraq development. The

seagrass was then planted in areas exhibiting similar

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