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Sydney goes wild about new water park
June 30, 2014

The final touches are being applied to Australia’s newest and biggest water theme park. Wet’n’Wild Sydney in the western suburb of Prospect is the second water park built in Australia by Village Roadshow.

Situated on a 25-hectare site the park has been designed by The Buchan Group and features over 40 slides and attractions. Among these, the world’s tallest double Sky Coaster, an inland surf beach complete with white sandy shores and a 70-metre wave pool with three-metre swells. Up to 15,000 guests are expected each day during the peak summer period.

Equilibrium Air Conditioning won the mechanical services contract. Project Manager and Design Engineer, Robert Pham said a range of ventilation equipment from Fantech was installed including roof-mounted fans and silencers for the kitchen exhaust; axial fans for exhaust and supply; and roof cowls. “In the plantrooms which contain chemicals to treat the water in pools and slides, specialised epoxy-coated axial fans were installed to serve the highly-corrosive exhaust,” he said.

Robert said the Sydney project was the most advanced water ride park in the world and had some of the fastest and tallest rides ever constructed. But the park was not just for the thrill seekers, there was something for everyone from toddlers through to grandparents.

With so many pools a key design criteria was efficient use of water. The latest water filtration technology has been installed, requiring less backwashing. Further water savings are made by using rain water and recycled storm-water on the park’s gardens, in toilets and to wash down paths and pool entrances. Robert said environmentally friendly choices had extended to the selection of fans with all units required to have a high level of efficiency to keep energy costs down.

Robert said one of the challenges was to comply to special acoustic specifications while engineering fan capacity, location and maintaining cost budgets. “Fantech’s fan selection program was essential in our design process to optimise all three,” he said. “Fantech engineers were very helpful in selecting quiet fans and silencers to suit the kitchen exhaust application and meet the client’s specifications.”

Wet’n’Wild is due to open in December this year


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