The London Aquatics Centre is transforming, as construction workers "start to dismantle the seating on either side of the pool," according to Liv Lee of the London DAILY MAIL. During the Games, it had the capacity to hold 17,500 spectators, but now "the two temporary wings on the structure are to be removed, leaving room for 2,500." The construction, which took three years to build, has "moveable floors and can adjust depth to match ability in all three of its pools." It will be run by Greenwich Leisure Ltd. and is "anticipated to attract around 800,000 visitors from the local area per year." The organizers are also determined to add a cafe and a creche for visitors (DAILY MAIL, 12/18).
Developer Tony Menai Davis, the owner of the Shire club in north London, "has opened the West London Golf Centre, a new practice facility and the first step in an ambitious series of golf developments in the area," according to GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE. The center, which includes an academy run by Sky Sports golf coach Scott Cranfield, and an American Golf superstore, "will be joined next year by a nine hole golf course." A further 18 holes, located on a nearby site just across the A4180, "are planned for a '16 opening." Menai Davis said the north London course "would be the first U.K. course for a world-renowned golf architect" (GOLF COURSE ARCHITECTURE, 12/18).
Bundesliga club Schalke 04 "presented plans Tuesday for the remodeling of its training facility over the next several years for an estimated €20M-25M ($26.3M-32.9M)," according to the SID. The "Tor auf Schalke" project will consist of new training fields, a small stadium for the club's youth teams and a central building called "Schalker Markt." The construction of the project "is expected to be completed by '15." To finance the remodeling of its training facility, Schalke, which has debt of about €180M ($237.2M), "will use private equity and outside capital." Even a new fan bond "is a possibility" (SID, 12/18).