Forming the centrepiece of a ú25 million project to revitalise SwanseaÝs Leisure Centre in 2008 will be EuropeÝs first indoor surfing centre. The revolutionary Surf Stream, which will bring all the thrills of seaside stand-up and bodyboard surfing indoors, will be part of a new 21st century water park which includes a network of indoor pools, slides and waves.

The leisure centre will also boast a multi-purpose sports and exhibition hall for sports, conferences and exhibitions, concerts and a synthetic ice rink. Outside, the leisure centreÝs exterior will also be given a facelift by replacing the old concrete panels with clear glass, translucent glazing and timber panelling.

Powell Dobson Architects enlisted the help of leading design visualisation specialist, Preconstruct, for the delivery of twelve stills and a DVD featuring four minutes of animation. The aim was to communicate the proposals to council members, business leaders and the general public.

Preconstruct received 3D DWG files from Powell Dobson and repurposed them for use inside 3ds Max. Due to the tight project deadlines stylised ÙghostedÝ characters were used in both stills and animations but we, at AEC Magazine, think the results are extremely effective.

Preconstruct uses Dell dual Xeon workstations with Nvidia Quadro FX graphics cards. VRay was used for rendering with the load spread across a cluster of 15 dedicated workstations.

Swansea Leisure Centre animation

The animation which accompanies this project.

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