BERNDORF/GÄNSERNDORF (3 Feb 2020) – The town of Gänserndorf in Lower Austria, located 35 kilometres north-east of Vienna, reopened its fully refurbished and significantly enlarged swimming baths in February 2020. The facility will serve the surrounding region. Following 16 months of construction work, this groundbreaking project with features including Austria’s first aquacross installation was delivered on schedule by general contractor Berndorf Bäderbau (www.berndorf-baederbau.com). And Gänserndorf’s mayor provided the highlight of the opening ceremony.
At the formal handover of the multifunctional indoor baths, a project implemented by Berndorf Bäderbau, Gänserndorf’s mayor Rene Lobner became the first person to test out the brand new facility, to the delight of the local public. As the governor of Lower Austria, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, and Berndorf Bäderbau’s Managing Director Christian Brunner looked on, mayor Lobner climbed the 3-metre board and performed an elegant, head-first dive – wearing all his clothes. But less daring swimmers will also feel they are getting their money’s worth when visiting the baths with a 25-metre, six-lane pool.
Aquacross comes to Austria
The aquacross obstacle course – currently the only such facility in Austria – and five-metre high climbing wall above the water combine the physical activity of rock climbing and the mental challenge of jumping from a high diving board. They provide fun ways for people of all ages to develop their physical skills and coordination. The six by ten-metre pool used by schools in Gänserndorf and the surrounding area has also been refurbished.
Financing: municipalities pulling together
The project is notable for the way it was financed, as well as for the facility’s utilisation concept. The overall planning was based on a catchment area of around 100,000 people in the Weinviertel region of Lower Austria. No less than 30 municipalities cooperated to finance the construction project, which was implemented in conjunction with the Lower Austrian and national governments.
As lead partner, the town of Gänserndorf took on the financial and commercial risk and all organisational responsibilities. Each partner municipality will pay one euro per inhabitant, per year (adjusted for inflation) over 25 years to the municipality of Gänserndorf. In return, the region’s schools will be able to use the baths for swimming lessons. The Regionsbad Gänserndorf project represents a long-term investment in the region’s services and education, made possible by all of the partners involved pulling in the same direction.