Beijing's old plant buildings transformed into winter sports center

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On June 21, the Winter Training Center for the General Administration of Sport of China was unveiled to the public in the Shougang Park. The winter sports training center is close to completing its transformation from an industrial building complex, and it has taken on a new look. Figure skaters has begun training for the Beijing Olympic Winter Games in the new facility.

The training center and its supporting facilities are located on the north side of the Shougang Park. Covering an area of 87,000 square meters, the building complex in the old industrial park used to be the site of boilers, coal transport belts and staff dormitories. Now it has been transformed into four stadiums for curling, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey and four athletes dormitories and parking lots.

Both installation of the exterior glass wall and interior decoration have been completed for the stadiums for speed skating, figure skating and curling. Figure skating training has started since the unveiling of the center, and speed skating and curling training will start soon. The hockey stadium will be put to use after construction completes next June.

Adhering to the principles of conservation, supplementation and innovation, the training center project makes good use of old industrial buildings. While preserving the main characteristics of the original buildings, the project has built training stadiums and related supporting facilities that meet the standard of international competition venues through reparation, renovation and expansion. The reconstruction project keeps the original structure of the building while optimizing land and energy use and reducing emissions while adding new functions.

The ice hockey stadium, which is built on the foundations of the old coal refinement plant, can hold an official game with a capacity of 5,000 spectators.

Reports say after the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, the training center will be converted to public sports facilities that continue to popularize the ice sports while retaining its role as permanent competition venues for various winter sports events.

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