to the second edition of the Ocean Village Newsletter.
With the advent of another long hot summer let’s
take a closer look at the sparkling pools, luxuriant
gardens and soothing spas that will make Ocean Village
unique; the most refreshing and relaxing oasis Gibraltar
has ever known.
Since the demolition of the Chandlery Building was
completed the Ocean Village team have been engaged
in the process of selecting the contractor. The choice
has now been whittled down to two and an announcement
as to the winning tender is imminent. Shortly, when
this selection process is complete, work will then
move out of the drafting offices and onto the site,
taking the literally hundreds of prepared detailed
drawings which have been prepared and creating Ocean
The Ocean Village website will also be updated regularly
to reflect the changes through each stage.
We have been working to improve the design of the
pools in many areas. We have largely abolished the
use of straight lines in the design concept and have
instead chosen a series of flowing, graceful curves.
The interior shape and the edges of the pools will
also be curved. We have chosen several natural pebble
pools because they break completely with tradition
and have their own particular style; the edges of
these pools seem to disappear, blending into the landscape
beyond. Pebble pools have unique characteristics,
transforming a pool area so that they appeal aesthetically
to adults but are also inviting playgrounds for children.
They look and feel totally natural with gentle, flowing
lines that become one with the environment. We will
import tiny uniform pebbles from New Zealand to embed
into the sides of the pools to provide a curved, comfortable,
natural non-slip textured pool surface. Mixed with
a formula of additives the pebbles bond to form a
handsomely natural pool surface designed to hold its
beauty over time. Pebble pools duplicate the natural
appearance of lakes or stream beds and allow for 100%
design freedom. Features will now include a walk-in
beach entrance, cascading waterfalls, islands, and
The pools will be designed with the diverse needs
of residents in mind. Flowing in two beautiful curvaceous
shapes, the main central pool is intended for relaxation
purposes. The stunning 267 square metre main pool
will be so large there will be a bridge across the
centre to save you from having to walk all the way
around. A shallower 91 square metre pool for older
children will be situated in front of the main pool.
The pools will be connected by an immense and striking
waterfall, half the width of Ocean Village which will
look spectacular from the lobby.
For those who prefer a more energetic experience,
we will provide a half-Olympic sized lap pool running
down the side of the deck. To ensure record lap times
it will be wave-less!
The children’s pool area will feature a babbling
brook, an interactive fountain and a waterfall. We
will now have three different depths of pool, instead
of just one round pool.
With parental supervision, children of all age groups
will be able to play safely and freely here whilst
being some distance away from the adult pools. Another
wonderful feature of pebble pools is that they eliminate
slippery tiles, an added bonus in the area of child
safety. Also provided will be changing areas, toilets
and showers in the children’s area.
To keep maintenance costs at a minimum, cleaning of
the pool water will be fully electronic, automatic
This will also provide optimum healthy swimming conditions
and ensure there is no red-eye or chlorine odour.
The main pools will be heated, and if required, can
be heated separately so residents will have the option
to heat one or more of the pools all year round -
the lap pool for exercise for example.