Waterfront innovations in Canada

Poralu Marine has created a natural swimming pool within a protected environment in Ottawa, Canada (below). A world-first project for the company, the pool offers 1,000m² (10,800ft²) of aquatic space for local residents.

Located on a riverbank, the pool has no energy or water treatment requirements and is very cost-effective to run. It offers all the comforts of a traditional pool (swimming lanes, underwater steps, ladders, floating islands etc) and is formed of platforms along the bank and projecting into the river.

The project is one of two recently completed examples of the company’s innovative design approach to sustainable waterfront development in Canada. The second project, a 300m (980ft) long promenade (top), connects land and water at Bondar Marina in Sault-Sainte-Marie. It links the marina directly with the city hall and was a real technical challenge, with anchoring onto riprap.
“Our aim is to help cities think about urban design in a different and innovative way. The new leisure infrastructures we’ve created in Canada protect the environment. They also allow local governments to enhance their appeal and give their residents unique spaces where they can enjoy nature to the fullest,” said Quentin Bresson, manager of Poralu Marine’s waterfront development business unit.


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