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Royal Quayside Wet 'n' Wild Waterpark
Newcastle upon Tyne
associated engineer
Cundall Johnston & Partners
date  1993
era  Modern  |  category  Amusement Structure  |  reference  NZ344669
A massive swimming pool and water-ride leisure complex developed on the 80 ha site of the former Royal Quays docklands, on the north bank of the Tyne.
The new steel, glass and brick structure seeks to echo the forms of the ships which were once central to the local economy, while extensive glazing, night-lighting, and external chutes and waterflumes make the current purpose of the complex immediately apparent.
Capping the central building is a vast trough of lightweight roof decking on a frame of curved steel beams, the whole supported on heavy steel columns. Curved and braided flumes extend from the building to a total length of 60m, and are partially supported by the structure of a steel and glass tower within their sweep.
The complex contains 14 water rides and was developed at a cost of 7.5m.
Architect: FaulknerBrowns
reference sources   LG/SJ

Royal Quayside Wet 'n' Wild Waterpark