Šalata Swimming Pool Complex to Be Upgraded for 400 Million Kuna

By 18 February 2019

The first phase will include renovation of outdoor pools and outdoor terraces, technical facilities, poolside facilities, and the western and northern stands. The second phase will consist of everything else. This is how the chief of the City Economy Office Tatjana Opert explained the upcoming works on the upgrade of the Šalata swimming pool complex, reports Večernji List on February 18, 2019.

Šalata is expected to be the first major sports complex to be renovated after the establishment of the new city company called Sportski Objekti (Sports Facilities), which will be in charge of the reconstruction of depilated sports facilities in Zagreb. The new Šalata will cost between 350 and 400 million kuna, says Operta. Due to the amount of the investment, the project should be implemented in two phases, and the money will be raised from credit institutions or, in a better scenario, from European Union funds.

The project will ultimately be implemented by the project team of the new company if it is indeed set up next month. It is not expected that the works at Šalata will start this year, but tenders for construction works could be announced. The planning tender was completed in 2016.

At the time, the city authorities selected the Proarh Tri and Radionica Statike project. Two years earlier, the Faculty of Architecture and its Institute for Culture stipulated what the project solution must include and what should be taken into consideration when designing the new look of the sports complex that was initially constructed in the 1920s. The latest major reconstruction was done in the period from 1985 to 1987.

“At the time, the works included the reconstruction of the open pool, the existing tennis courts, wardrobes, boiler rooms and accompanying facilities, and other supporting infrastructure of the complex. An indoor pool was planned, but it was never built.

And now, 32 years later, the indoor pool represents the central element of the reconstruction project, that will enable swimmers to enjoy Šalata throughout the year, not just during the summer months. The plan is built an Olympic-size pool with ten lanes, and a separate smaller pool for training and diving.

The project will include the renovation of the entrance area and the cashier office, the staff rooms, the dressing rooms, the catering section, the gym, a work area for the media and, if possible, a sauna. The final design of the project has not yet been defined.

According to architect Davor Mateković, they have been working on the final designs since late last year. In addition to the swimming pool complex, which will be part of the first phase, the larger renovation project will include the skating rink and the tennis courts. The new Šalata could be finished by 2025.

More Zagreb news can be found in the dedicated section.

Translated from Večernji List (reported by Mateja Šobak).