Catalan Pyrenees – Inter-municipal sports complex: towards a sports and leisure center

The inter-municipal sports complex of Matemale will undergo major transformations. Built in 1985, it was entrusted to the inter-community Pyrénées Catalanes in 2018, after the town hall informed the municipality of the difficulties in keeping this site open. From 2018 to 2022, the sports complex, especially the hot spring bath, has been the subject of renovation and maintenance works for more than €300,000. At the same time, a full renovation study of the site was carried out, in particular with a view to Paris 2024. It will also be partially closed from this July.

The new project is moving towards global restructuring and architectural unification. The goal is to finishoptimize and pool spaces to reduce business needs and costs. The goal is to achieve the connection and interaction between the Childhood Pole, the existing gymnasium, the stadium, the cyclo-tourism loops and the recreational area of ​​Lake Matemale. †The useful life of the 25-metre-long basin ranges from 3 to 7 months thanks to the construction of a connecting arm containing an immersion basin. This gives you access to the outdoor pool all season long. The technical equipment will be changed, water treatment, filtration system, optimization of boiler rooms and installation of a thermal cover”, explains Nicolas Bely, head of the Environmental Infrastructure Construction Department at the intermunicipal company. The hammam and sauna will be replaced, the above-ground jacuzzis will be redesigned. There will be a recreation area with water games for children and a restaurant with a terrace. The complex will house modern and adapted sports facilities (doubling the muscu-cardio gym with new equipment). †Discotheque Watt, currently derelict, located in the immediate vicinity, will be rehabilitated in a new reception-reception building with changing rooms for collective and individual sports and a multi-sport health room where zumba, sports awakening, yoga will be practiced. † adds Nicolas Bely.

The future sports and leisure center of the Catalan Pyrenees, poolside.

More than a year of work

The aim of this major restructuring is the development of a sports and leisure center in the Catalan Pyrenees aimed at a larger number. † It is open to amateur and top athletes, for the practice of individual or collective sport in collaboration with the Creps-CNEA of Font-Romeu », explains Pierre Bataille, president of the Catalan Pyrenees intercommunity. School children will have access to it to learn swimming or sports health for clubs, associations in the area and open to Staps de Font-Romeu students as part of their education. †Of course, the inhabitants will be able to take advantage of the only public swimming pool in the area, open from Easter to the holidays of All Saints, but also tourists in summer and winter who appreciate the place in a natural environment.said President Bataille.

The sports structures of the territory in support

Whoever says restructuring means moving and dismantling equipment from July. In order to continue to enjoy the pleasures of the water and to carry out certain physical activities during the works, the gymnasium and stadium of the complex will remain accessible to associations and clubs. Matemale Lake has a supervised swimming area and a Finnish track. Swimmers can enjoy the pools and water fun areas of Targasonne, Err, Puigcerdá, Les Angles and the Creps-CNEA pool. For bodybuilding and fitness, Les Angles and Formiguères have an indoor club for Zumba and tonic dancing. Finally, the weight rooms have been opened in Font-Romeu and Bolquère.

The planning. July-August 2022, equipment relocation and disassembly. September 2022, demolition and structural work. November 2022 to March 2023, winter break. April to October 2023, joinery, technical equipment, interior and exterior, finishes.