The UDSIS aquatic center in Saint-Cyprien has been renovated for the 2024 Olympic Games


The President of the Department, Hermeline MALHERBE, presented this Tuesday, June 21st, the renovation work being carried out at the aquatic center of the Union Départementale Scolaire et d’Intérêt Social (UDSIS) in Saint-Cyprien. She was accompanied by Jean ROQUE, President of the UDSIS and Vice-President of the Department, Marie-Pierre SADOURNY, Vice-President of the UDSIS and Vice-President of the department responsible for Education, Universities and Youth, and Thierry VOISIN, Department Councilor.

The renovation project was welcomed by the President of the department, Hermeline MALHERBE, who insisted on the installation “is a public service available to schools, leisure centers, as part of the UDSIS public service and support for sports and leisure activities. It is the children of the territory who can benefit. This operation is also part of the 2024 Olympic Games and will allow high-level teams to be welcomed to this location. The department and city of Saint-Cyprien have already been certified to welcome teams during pre-match training. »

The objective of this operation is the recovery of this emblematic center of the 1970s by combining modernity and heritage, modularity and accessibility, always motivated by an exemplary logic of sustainable development. The center consists of three buildings that make it possible to offer a full range of services related to the practice of sailing: training rooms, accommodation, catering, storage, changing rooms… It is almost 3,000 m² in size and designed with avant-garde architectural lines. , recognized as “Remarkable Contemporary Architecture of the 20th Century”.

The renovation works will make it possible to adapt the building to the new restrictions and to highlight the optimal conditions of access to the sea, both for activities initiating the practice of sailing and for receiving delegations in preparation. for the deadline of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. For these reasons, the UDSIS, with the support of the Department, then the City of Saint-Cyprien, both with the “Terres de Jeux” label, has obtained the “Match Preparation Center” label. The Pyrénées-Orientales will thus be endowed with a center of excellence in water sports to complement the mountain center that is the National Center for Altitude Training (CNEA) in Font-Romeu, which is already a partner of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

These are the goals to which the Ministry and the UDSIS are committed. This 9.6 million euro project is backed by the Pyrénées-Orientales department with 3.2 million euros and also supported by the region. It aims to ensure the sustainability of the structure, enhance the site, improve the quality of reception and the functionality of the center and finally improve the energy efficiency of the buildings. Typical of this “brutalist” architecture of the 1970s, the facades are enhanced and highlighted to assert their architectural character day and night. This improvement is accompanied by landscaping that offers shaded relaxation areas open to the sea.

The three buildings will also be modernized internally. These notable restructurings include the customization of the changing rooms, a conference room with panoramic sea views, a modernization of the accommodation part and finally reconfigured training rooms, equipped with modular partitions that allow their size to be adjusted as needed. The refurbishment works also aim to improve the energy efficiency of the building to enable more environmentally friendly summer and winter use.

The department is committed to improving the living environment of Catalans and offering quality services to the public. This commitment is reinforced here by the desire to involve the Pyrénées-Orientales in the adventure of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Work on the aquatic center will begin at the end of the year and will end in December 2023, later.

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