Farrells honoured with NEC Award for futuristic swimming pool

Internationally recognised architects Farrells have been awarded the NEC Award for Large Project of the Year 2016 for the Kennedy Town Swimming Pool in Hong Kong.

The futuristic triangular building was erected on a derelict site of a former car park facing the sea. The pool is framed by a tram line, residential towers and Victoria Harbour.

Farrells director Stefan Krummeck said:

“An integrated team approach was adopted to ensure a thorough understanding of the common objectives for time, cost, quality, safety and community expectations for project delivery. This teamwork was integral to the project’s success.”

The NEC judges cited the “excellent time management and delivery” demonstrated by the development team and the effective working relationship between the Hong Kong government, the MTR Corporation, engineering firm Paul Y Construction and Farrells.

The first phase of the complex – a 50m (164ft) outdoor pool and a smaller leisure pool – opened to the public in 2011 and the second phase featuring two indoor pools, a jacuzzi and an outdoor garden is currently underway and due to be finished in October 2016.

The project has cost an estimated HK$671m (US$86.5m, €76m, £60m), funded by the MTR Corporation.